Red Sprite Captured by the ISS

An unusual Phenomenon known as a Red Sprite has been seen by the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth.  Seen above a lightning storm, it is unknown what causes this rare phenomena of tendril-like lines that extend up into the atmosphere from the lower storm.

Credit: NASA

The Moon is visible near the centre of the frame, and to its right we can see the constellation of Orion above the atmosphere and lights of our comfortable planet Earth.  Along the horizon at the right side of the image is the visible red sprite, occurring quickly during this longer exposure.

Amazing that some of the phenomena on Earth are still not well understood. It seems that sometimes its easier to figure out what’s happening on a distant planet than it is to figure out stranger things in our own backyard.

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