Nature Video

By Tui Benjamin 

This amateur astronomer was hilariously over-excited to film a rare space lightning phenomenon which has NEVER been captured in such frequency on camera before.

David Finlay, from Kiama, New South Wales, believes he has recorded one of the only instances of the stunning red flashes, known as ‘lightning sprites’, ever to be seen from the earth in Australia.

PIC FROM CATERS NEWS – Space Ligtning in Kiama, NSW.

And the 44-year-old could not hold back his exhilaration when he recorded time lapse footage of the marvel, described as ‘upside down lightning’ because it travels into space rather than down to earth.

David said the bolts – which he spotted over the sea 300km (186 miles) away from where he had stationed his camera – were visible despite being 90km (56 miles) above the earth – with each sprite a staggering 15km (nine miles) long.


In his video, the government worker can be heard repeatedly exclaiming ‘no way!’ ‘oh yes!’ and ‘wow!’ and laughing wildly as the sprites flash more than 30 times in just two hours.