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If the ISS is supposed to be higher than commercial flights then how come I have only seen views like this when my plane was on descent from cruising altitude? I would ask in r/space but they remove all comments like this.

Rain falling from a summer thunderstorm is backlit by lightning, stars are visible in the night sky above the storm, and the canyon is lit by a nearly full moon. Photographed at Grand Canyon National Park in the summer of 2012.

Rain falling from a summer thunderstorm is backlit by lightning, stars are visible in the night sky above the storm, and the canyon is lit by a nearly full moon. Photographed at Grand Canyon National Park in the summer of 2012.

Stormscapes. The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the ...

Incredible Time-Lapse Shows Awesome Power Of Extreme Weather

Stormscapes. The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the ...

Gravity Waves - caused by air displaced in the vertical plain as a result of updrafts coming off mountains or during thunderstorms

10 Most Fascinating Natural Phenomena

Gravity Waves - caused by air displaced in the vertical plain as a result of updrafts coming off mountains or during thunderstorms

Mammatus clouds in Gloucestershire, UK. They are pouch-like protrusions formed by ice and sinking air hanging from the undersides of clouds, usually thunderstorm anvil clouds but other types of clouds as well. They can extend hundreds of miles in any direction, remaining visible in your sky for perhaps 10 or 15 minutes at a time. They can appear around, before or after a storm. These clouds appear ominous but contrary to myth, they don’t continue extending downward to form tornados

Mammatus clouds in Gloucestershire, UK. They are pouch-like protrusions formed by ice and sinking air hanging from the undersides of clouds, usually thunderstorm anvil clouds but other types of clouds as well. They can extend hundreds of miles in any direction, remaining visible in your sky for perhaps 10 or 15 minutes at a time. They can appear around, before or after a storm. These clouds appear ominous but contrary to myth, they don’t continue extending downward to form tornados

Lightning Storm

Lightning Storm

In this instance the roll cloud has a banded appearance which is unusual. It formed during thunderstorm activity, probably resulting from a combination of particular downdraught and humid conditions. The background cloud is Cumulonimbus, with supplementary feature praecipitatio visible in the distance.

Stunning 'new' cloud formations captured in updated atlas – in pictures

In this instance the roll cloud has a banded appearance which is unusual. It formed during thunderstorm activity, probably resulting from a combination of particular downdraught and humid conditions. The background cloud is Cumulonimbus, with supplementary feature praecipitatio visible in the distance.

ISS Startrails - TRONized by Christoph Malin. Do you remember 1982's "TRON" movie? The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships...

ISS Startrails - TRONized by Christoph Malin. Do you remember 1982's "TRON" movie? The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships...

Dark Lightning - Thunderstorms can generate brief but powerful bursts of gamma-rays, which produce very little visible light, but are so bright, they can blind satellite sensors hundreds of miles away. Gamma-rays are the highest-energy form of light which involves high-energy electrons, rather than the 'slow' electrons of normal lightning. As these bursts produce very little visible light, they are called dark lightning

Elves, Sprites & Blue Jets: Earth's Weirdest Lightning

Dark Lightning - Thunderstorms can generate brief but powerful bursts of gamma-rays, which produce very little visible light, but are so bright, they can blind satellite sensors hundreds of miles away. Gamma-rays are the highest-energy form of light which involves high-energy electrons, rather than the 'slow' electrons of normal lightning. As these bursts produce very little visible light, they are called dark lightning

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