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Whoa...check out this sweet pic of the aurora australis as it snakes its way across the Earth’s magnetic field - as seen from above!

 
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Whoa...check out this sweet pic of the aurora australis as it snakes its way across the Earth’s magnetic field - as seen from above!
[link to earthobservatory.nasa.gov]
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Whoa...check out this sweet pic of the aurora australis as it snakes its way across the Earth’s magnetic field - as seen from above!

[link to earthobservatory.nasa.gov]
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More information at

[link to earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

Among the views of Earth afforded astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), surely one of the most spectacular is of the aurora. These ever-shifting displays of colored ribbons, curtains, rays, and spots are most visible near the North (aurora borealis) and South (aurora australis) Poles as charged particles (ions) streaming from the Sun (the solar wind) interact with Earth’s magnetic field.

While aurora are generally only visible close to the poles, severe magnetic storms impacting the Earth’s magnetic field can shift them towards the equator. This striking aurora image was taken during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on May 24, 2010. The ISS was located over the Southern Indian Ocean at an altitude of 350 kilometers (220 miles), with the astronaut observer most likely looking towards Antarctica (not visible) and the South Pole.

The aurora has a sinuous ribbon shape that separates into discrete spots near the lower right corner of the image. While the dominant coloration of the aurora is green, there are faint suggestions of red left of image center. Dense cloud cover is dimly visible below the aurora. The curvature of the Earth’s horizon (the limb) is clearly visible, as is the faint blue line of the upper atmosphere directly above it (at image top center). Several stars appear as bright pinpoints against the blackness of space at image top right.

Auroras happen when ions in the solar wind collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. The atoms are excited by these collisions, and they typically emit light as they return to their original energy level. The light creates the aurora that we see. The most commonly observed color of aurora is green, caused by light emitted by excited oxygen atoms at wavelengths centered at 0.558 micrometers, or millionths of a meter. (Visible light is reflected from healthy (green) plant leaves at approximately the same wavelength.) Red aurora are generated by light emitted at a longer wavelength (0.630 micrometers), and other colors such as blue and purple are also sometimes observed.

Astronaut photograph ISS023-E-58455 was acquired on May 29, 2010, with a Nikon D3 digital camera, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 23 crew. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by William L. Stefanov, NASA-JSC.
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oooooooooooh!!!

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Wow, that's really radical Dude.
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WOW! Thanks! hf
My new wallpaper!
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WOW! Thanks! hf
My new wallpaper!
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mine too!
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what happens when you fly a plane through it? or rocket
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We live in an electrical universe.
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We live in an electrical universe.
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Re: Whoa...check out this sweet pic of the aurora australis as it snakes its way across the Earth’s magnetic field - as seen from above!
Amazingly beautiful! Thank you for the link!

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Beautiful!

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