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Revealed: The stunning green glow of the Southern Lights photographed by astronauts from ABOVE

Daily Mail 06/22/2010 06:29
Revealed: The stunning green glow of the Southern Lights photographed by astronauts from ABOVE - photo - Science - Space


Like a green ribbon snaking its way out into space this stunning image shows the famous Southern Lights from a rather unusual angle - above. Taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), this picture shows the aurora australis against the backdrop of Earth's horizon.



These ever-shifting displays are most visible near the North (aurora borealis) and South (aurora australis) Poles.

Green flash: The Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) as observed From the International Space Station. The curve of the Earth and the blue light of the atmosphere can also be seen

The ISS was over the Southern Indian Ocean at an altitude of 350 km, with the astronauts looking towards Antarctica and the South Pole.

Dense cloud cover is dimly visible below the aurora. The curvature of the Earth’s horizon can be clearly seen as well as the faint blue line of the upper atmosphere.


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