Watch: Tim Peake lightning timelapse is as amazing as you’d expect

9 Feb 2016

Continuing his broadcasting efforts from space, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake has shown us a glimpse of the power of nature from high above.

Tim Peake is following in the footsteps of the recent astronaut superstars to have made it aboard the International Space Station (ISS), such as Chris Hadfield and Samantha Cristoforetti, whose secondary mission is to inform the public about the wonders of space.

As well as showing himself relaxing aboard the ISS watching the England rugby team in full regalia, he was undertaking more arduous and important tasks like undertaking a spacewalk, thereby becoming the first British person to do so.

However, it has been his Twitter feed that has garnished the most attention from those of us down here on Earth, as he captures stunning Vines and images of what we don’t get to see down here on the ground.

Peake’s latest directorial effort was captured as the space station was flying from North Africa over Turkey towards Russia, all in the matter of a few seconds.

“Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short time,” he says on Twitter. Yeah, Tim, it certainly is.

Lightning over city image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic