(ESA)  Earth from Space - Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

A view of Banks Peninsula in New Zealand photographed from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. Alexander is currently a member of the resident ISS Expedition 40 crew after arriving with the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft on 29 May 2014.


On 23 February 2014, David Hardy captured this phenomenal photo of a supercell moving over Christchurch, New Zealand. The storm formed out at sea, abeam to Ashburton, before moving north over Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury Plains.

Hardy had been tracking the supercell from the northwestern suburb of Avonhead and was able to overtake the storm on the northern motorway. He stopped on the Kaiapoi off ramp and captured the image at 5:30pm. 

Settings: Canon 5D3, 16mm, f8, ISO320, 1/320th sec.