Lightning Strike Captured On Film From Space [Video]

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a video of some lightning strikes. The amazing part — the clip was taken from orbit. The brief seven-second video shows multiple lightning bolts over Eastern Romania. The 49 frames give an incredible perspective on the power of nature.

According to the Daily Mail, the video was taken using a Nightpod camera. The clip is a little bit blurry, but as the ESA explained, shooting from space can be hard.

“At these distances a camera flash is pointless to take night-time images of Earth, but our planet moves by so quickly images can end up being blurred.”

Then there was the little factor of speed. The film was taken from the International Space Station, which was traveling at about 17,100 mph above the Earth’s surface — a difficult action shot for any camera.

Still, the video captured a spectacular show. Strikes may seem rare on the surface, but as you can see from the video, multiple bolts can happen in a very short amount of time.


As previously reported by the Inquisitr, lightning can be impressive enough from the surface of the Earth, and can sometimes take unusual forms. In China, spectators were treated to a rare form known as “gigantic jet” lightning. That kind of lightning appears to shoot up in a gigantic jet — thus the name.

Other rare forms include ball lightning, which, according to the Daily Mail, was just recently filmed for the first time.

Nevertheless, good old fashioned lightning is impressive enough, especially from orbit.

[Image Credit: ESA/YouTube]