At 634 meters (2,080 ft), Tokyo Skytree is not only the tallest building in Japan, but also the tallest broadcasting tower in the world and second only to the Burj Khalifa in tallest structures. With all that height and no small amount of metal, a building is bound to get some serious love from lightning strikes, but catching that moment on film is easier said than done as a strike usually lasts between 1-2 microseconds.
This week, Twitter user @KAGAYA_11949 managed to get a great shot nonetheless.
The weather was extremely changeable and localized this week in Tokyo, so you’ll notice that in the shot, not only did Kagaya manage to get the lightning just as it hit the top of Skytree, but he also got a patch of sunlight in the foreground! Weird.
He also published these sequential shots on his Twitter feed.
Another fun fact: did you know lightning reaches temperatures of about 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit)? That’s about five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
Nature is pretty darn awesome.