French astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured a unique sight of a flash of bright blue light in the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere above Europe.
Pesquet posted, through his account on Twitter, the image taken from an altitude of 400 km above the ground, showing the flash as a bomb from exploding over Europe, but this frightening blue light did not cause any damage, and in fact, most people did not notice it at all, according to what I quoted Russia Today News Network.
🌩A single frame from a timelapse over #Europe, showing a transient luminous event in the upper atmosphere! We have a 🇩🇰-led facility monitoring these events thanks in part to @Astro_Andreas who took the first picture of them from space! ⚡ https://t.co/tfFS3KqYmm #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/XqBdJ64pBq
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) October 7, 2021
The site explains that the phenomenon is known as the “transient luminous event”, a phenomenon similar to lightning striking upwards in the upper atmosphere..
The French astronaut at the European Space Agency and currently residing on the International Space Station commented: “The transient luminous event looks like a euphemism for a ghost, but it is actually a beautiful phenomenon that can sometimes be seen from the International Space Station.“.
Flashing over Europe
“Transient luminous events” are caused by ionized lightning in the upper atmosphere, and the phenomenon occurred in early September, but Pesquet revealed it only two days ago on October 8, describing it as an “extremely rare event.”
These events are particularly difficult to photograph from the ground as they are very high in the sky and also regularly obscured by storm clouds. In addition, this phenomenon usually only lasts for fractions of a second or for a few seconds at a time..
Pesquet adds: “The space station is well suited for this observation because it is flying over the equator where there are more thunderstorms. amazing future.