ISS Photobombs Lightning Storm

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Being able to capture lightning during a storm may be terrifying yet exciting! To me, lightning storms always seem to be a mad force of nature, ready to strike anytime. But there’s still something so beautiful about it if you see it from afar.

On the 20th of July 2017 at about midnight, a dramatic electrical storm hit the area of Washington. An amateur photographer from Washington, Susan Gies Jensen, grabbed this chance to capture the force of nature from midnight until 2 am. Susan decided to make a time-lapse video from the stills she has taken. She was thrilled, but the excitement doesn’t end there! As she was reviewing all of the captures made, she found out that she’s lucky enough to catch the lightning. She also captured as the ISS photobombs the lightning storm.

The International Space Station (ISS) seems to be traveling the same direction as the lightning.

Check out the time-lapse video created by Jensen and shared with EarthSky’s Facebook account last July 21, 2017:

Watching the video, you’ll notice the NASA’s Space Station moves from the north in the direction of the northeast. The same direction the lightning is going to. It was really an incredible photobombing moment we typically can’t capture, but Jensen luckily did.

The International Space Station is far by the largest man-made space station in the lower Earth’s orbit. This space station serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory. The crew members of ISS perform experiments in several branches of science like biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and more. It consists of pressurized modules, solar arrays, and other components.