Astronaut captures clearest footage yet of rare type of lightning

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Lightning flashes, huge thunderheads and the swirling clouds of hurricanes all take on a unique look when seen from the International Space Station orbiting 250 miles above Earth’s surface.Generally speaking, storms seen from space are pretty breathtaking.

The Space Station is also an amazing place to check out weather from an angle you aren’t afforded on our planet. This includes weather phenomena that have been hotly debated, but poorly observed, such as a type of lightning known as “blue jets.”

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen did just that during his mission to the station in 2015. Mogensen took photos of thunderstorms using an incredibly sensitive camera onboard the orbiting outpost as part of a research experiment aiming to capture footage of rare weather events seen from above.

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