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Watch: Violent storms, bright lights and dark seas - The view from 250 miles high

Astronaut Tim Peake tweeted the timelapse from ISS.

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BEST WATCHED IN full screen, this timelapse of the International Space Station flying over a violent lightening storm has a strange calmness.

It was taken by British astronaut Tim Peake, who tweeted it yesterday.

As well as the intense lightening strikes, bright lights punctuate the dark deserts as ISS flies northeastward from North Africa over Turkey towards Russia.

Travelling at 17,500 mp/h at a height of 250 miles, the space station’s station’s crew can see three continents at once as it crosses the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Peake is the first British astronaut to crew aboard ISS, joining the space station yesterday for a six month mission.

Read: ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’: Astronaut apologises after calling wrong number from space >

Read: UK astronaut Tim Peake arrives at International Space Station >

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