WASHINGTON MO - Stunning pictures from the top of the world show a unique view of lightning storms as they rain down on Earth.

The stellar images take storm chasing to new heights, having been snapped from a space station 400 miles above the Earth.

One of the most the impressive images shows the early morning Californian skies above Los Angeles and San Diego aglow with powerful flashes of lighting. The photographs were taken from the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the planet by NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg. The storms erupted earlier this week, providing a spectacular light show for the astronaut.  She also photographed storms above West Africa and Asia, with one of her images capturing an elusive red sprite.