The Aurora Borealis From Space

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We've seen plenty of pictures, clips, and shows all about the gorgeous Aurora Borealis or more commonly known as the Northern Lights on the Internet and on TV several times. But here is something that I bet you've never seen before. Astronaut and Science Officer for the International Space Station Expedition Six Don Pettit had the lucky opportunity to film the Aurora Borealis from space!


[YouTube - Link]


This first video has Don talking about the airglow and the horizon of the Earth. He also gets to catch the slow movement of the Aurora phenomenon in action at about the 1:30 mark.


[YouTube - Link]


In this second video you'll get to see a sequence of still images animating the movement of the Aurora Borealis.

You may also be interested in checking out these articles previously posted on Neatorama!

Northern Lights in Alaska - Link
The Southern Lights - Link

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I've seen the first video, but not the second. I still remember about seven years ago when a bit of the Aurora Borealis was visible from as far away as Utah. I wonder if astronauts ever get desensitized to seeing wonders like that multiple times a day.
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