See Lightning Storms from Space in Amazing Time-Lapse Video

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Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, shared incredible footage of how a severe lightning strike looks from hundreds of miles above the Earth.

Peake, who is currently two months into his six-month stay on the International Space Station, took to Twitter to share a stunning time-lapse video he recently captured of what appears to be hundreds of lightning bolts striking the planet below him.

"Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short time," Peake captioned the just over 30-second video, which has already received close to 5,000 re-tweets, which he posted while orbiting the Earth on Feb. 9.

Though the astronaut did not clarify in his tweet just whereabouts above the planet the short but dramatic lightning clip was captured, Mashable is claiming that Peake's time-lapse video was filmed over North Africa before heading over Turkey and then on towards Russia.

Peake has shared a number of breath-taking photos and videos during his time spent in the International Space Station, which is expected to come to an end in July 2016, including an incredible birds-eye view of his approach to the Northwest coast of the U.S. on Feb. 3.

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See Lightning Storms from Space in Amazing Time-Lapse Video