«A very rare event»: Astronaut shows what thunder looks like with «a transitory light event» from space

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Oct 12, 2021 22:55 GMT

The phenomenon was captured by Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut from the European Space Agency who is currently part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS).

Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut from the European Space Agency who is currently part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), posted a photo on October 7 showing «a transient light event,» also known as a discharge. superatmospheric. The phenomenon was captured on September 9.

«A single frame from a timelapse over Europe, showing thunder with a ‘transitory light event’ in the upper atmosphere,» Pesquet noted on his blog, specifying that it is «a very rare event.»

«The fascinating thing about these rays is that just a few decades ago they had been observed anecdotally by pilots and scientists weren’t convinced that they really existed, «said the astronaut.