Lightning storms can be beautiful and terrifying, the kind of natural phenomena that almost defies explanation. I’ve experienced plenty in my day, but never have I seen one like this before.
Astronaut Tim Peake, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, posted a video to Twitter this week that shows Mother Nature’s awesome power as she rages over Turkey. Dozens of quick flashes pelt the sky as the ISS quietly orbits Earth, observing a destructive force that’s as hypnotizing as it is scary.
“Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short time,” Peake wrote.
You can watch the video in its entirety below. The photos above were taken by Peake during his time on the ISS.
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) February 9, 2016