ESA Releases footage of Northern Lights from space

Photo Courtesy NASA

The European Space Agency has released these images of the aurora borealis shot from the International Space Station.

The spectacular Aurora Borealis, or the “northern lights,” over Canada is sighted from the International Space Station near the highest point of its orbital path. The station’s main solar arrays are seen in the left foreground. A photograph of the phenomenon was taken by a member of the Expedition 53 crew aboard the station on Sept. 15, 2017.

The phenomenon occurs when electrically charged electrons and protons in the earth's magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

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