Astronaut on board ISS captured the lightning over Arabian Peninsula, between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

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Across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second which is 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year. Launched to the ISS in August 2013, the Firestation instrument includes photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static, and a gamma-ray electron detector. On Oct. 10, 2018, a suite of instruments on ISS observed as the bolt produced a flash of gamma radiation—and, simultaneously, emitted a glowing ring of ultraviolet and visible light in the topmost layer of the atmosphere.

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Reference: Sensing Lightning from the Space Station (NASA Earth Observatory)
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