A video uploaded by the International Space Station (ISS) through its Twitter account shows the images of the northern lights captured from outer space.
The show that has gone viral on social networks was captured by the ISS while making a trip over the Indian Ocean to the Coral Sea, located east of Australia.
“This time-lapse video shows an orbital pass over an aurora-covered Indian Ocean to a Coral Sea. The same Moonlit east of Australia,” the ISS explained in the tweet.
An aurora borealis occurs when gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere collide with charged particles from the Sun. This phenomenon is also known as northern or southern lights. This is because they are seen especially at high or polar latitudes.
Northern or southern lights usually occur in the upper atmosphere of Planet Earth.
According to information provided by the Canadian Space Agency, auroras occur at about the same height as the Space Station. Which is why astronauts can sometimes see them at eye level.
This was the case of Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut who, in addition to the International Space Station, shared photos of these northern lights on her social networks.
“The Sun has been very active lately. Last week we saw the most impressive auroras I’ve experienced in over 300 days in space!” reads the description of Samantha’s post on Twitter.
In addition to Cristoforetti, other astronauts such as Bob Hines and cosmonaut Iván Vagnér shared different photos and videos in cyberspace in mid-August.
“Absolutely SPECTACULAR aurora today! Grateful for the recent solar activity that has resulted in these wonderful views!” Bob described.
Absolutely SPECTACULAR aurora today!!! Thankful for the recent solar activity resulting in these wonderful sights! pic.twitter.com/aOD45XSWaX
— Bob “Farmer” Hines (@Astro_FarmerBob) August 18, 2022
“Guests from space, or how I filmed the new time-lapse. The peak of the northern lights when passing over Antarctica in the longitude of Australia, that is, between them. However, in the video you will see something else, not only the aurora”, explained Vagnér.
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