Watch the Aurora Borealis from the ISS in Beautiful High-Definition
NASA TV is bringing us all of the most visually stunning phenomena that can be seen from the ISS, and its newest offering shows us the Auroras from space in all of their glory:
The video shows the Aurora Borealis as well as the Aurora Australis, or the Northern and Southern lights, respectively. The phenomenon occurs at each of the poles, when charged particles in Earth's magnetic field collide with neutral particles in the upper atmosphere. These collisions occur when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by solar wind that the trajectories of the charged particles are changed, so they are shot up into the upper atmosphere.
The time lapses were captured by several high-definition cameras mounted onto the ISS, which is currently orbiting 400km above Earth. The stunning views can be seen by the current crew, which includes Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency and cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos. While most of the video was shot by the cameras, bits and pieces of the footage were shot by previous crew members.