Astronaut captures lightning strike so bright it reflects off space station’s solar panels

Sometimes the greatest show on Earth is off Earth.

Earlier this month as the International Space Station flew above the Pacific Ocean there were thunderstorms below. And in one moment astronaut Kjell Lindgren captured a lightning strike on the planet that, remarkably, reflected off the station’s solar panels.

Now if you think the effect is fake, check out the following time-lapse of the night sky from the space station.

I presume Lindgren was admiring the ABSOLUTELY jaw-dropping view of the Milky Way Galaxy in the night sky when lightning struck on the surface below. This occurs about 13 seconds into the video.

At that time the solar arrays are rotating into view as they get ready to capture solar energy from the Sun, which rises at the video’s end.

All in all, a truly amazing shot from the orbiting laboratory.

Astronaut captures lightning strike so bright it reflects off space station’s solar panels

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