British astronaut Tim Peake has posted online an incredible time-lapse video he took on board the International Space Station (ISS) of a lighting storm over Earth. The 34-second clip, posted to Twitter, was taken while the ISS was flying over North Africa and Turkey towards Russia. The footage shows a series of small blue flashes erupting over the planet as a lighting storm hits the region.
Underneath the video, the 43-year-old former army major stated, "Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short time". This footage is the latest in a number of videos that Peake has posted while on board the ISS, previously showing how he conducts day-to-day tasks in space such as playing ping pong, having a shower, making a coffee and going to the toilet.
Peake blasted off to the ISS as part of a six-month mission for the ESA in December 2015, becoming the first Briton in space since Helen Sharman travelled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991, and the first to do so under a British flag.
He conducted a space walk on 15 January to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the station's eight power channels, but it was cut when fellow astronaut Tim Kopra reported a leak in his spacesuit helmet.