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« on: July 19, 2012, 05:00:20 PM »
Astronaut awestruck by view of southern lights from space

New aurora photo by astronaut Joe Acaba convey only a portion of what he saw

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NASA astronaut Joe Acaba captured this photo of the southern lights in a dazzling
aurora display on July 14-15, 2012, during an uptick in solar activity.


By Tariq Malik
7/18/2012


Shimmering auroras in the night sky are amazing to behold, but nothing prepared one NASA astronaut for seeing the celestial lights dance over Earth from above.

A new photo of the southern lights by astronaut Joe Acaba convey only a portion of the amazing view from his window on the International Space Station during a weekend photo session to catch the auroras over Earth. Acaba watched the auroras on Saturday and Sunday (July 14 and 15) from the station's observation deck, a seven-window cupola that offers astronauts a 360-degree of space and the Earth below.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 05:02:23 PM »
On Saturday, Acaba took a break from a workout session to gaze down at Earth as the space station made a southern night pass. With a recent uptick in the sun's activity, including a major solar flare last week, he was hopeful to see at least some auroras.

"Within a couple of minutes, I could not believe what I was seeing. It was absolutely incredible," Acaba wrote in a journal post Sunday. "I enjoyed the show for a few minutes and then felt I had to inform my crew mates so they could also take in the view."

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Aurora over the Waputik Icefield, Canada
Credit: Paul Zizka Photography/www.zizka.ca
Night sky watcher Paul Zizka caught the aurora on July 15, 2012, at the Waputik Icefield in the Canadian Rockies.


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Aurora over the Waputik Icefield, Canada
Credit: Paul Zizka Photography/www.zizka.ca
Night sky watcher Paul Zizka caught the aurora on July 15, 2012, at the Waputik Icefield in the Canadian Rockies.


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Aurora over Washington State with Rotating Flashlight
Credit: Sy Stepanov
Astrophotographer Sy Stepanov took this shot of the auroral display resulting from the solar storm of July 14, 2012. The photo was taken above Lake Chelan, WA. Stepanov says the photo "is a little more creative. It involved myself running in a field during said long exposure while rotating a flashlight. I hope you enjoy."

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Aurora over Northern Manitoba, Canada
Credit: Travis Costello
Night sky watcher Travis Costello took this aurora photo in northern Manitoba, Canada, on July 15, 2012.


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Aurora Over Keweenaw Peninsula
Credit: Melanie Hakala Rossi
Melanie Rossi caught the auroral display at Calumet Waterworks on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan on July 15, 2012.


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Aurora Over Wisconsin
Credit: Sean Lenz
Astrophotographer Sean Lenz took this image of the aurora over La Salle, Wisc. on July 15, 2012.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2012, 05:34:43 PM »
The Aurora

An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere. (wikipedia)

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aurora borealis
In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621.

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Aurora borealis 2012 from Kiruna, Sweden


aurora australis
Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis (or the southern lights), has almost identical features to the aurora borealis and changes simultaneously with changes in the northern auroral zone and is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Aurora australis 1994 from Bluff, New Zealand

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Images of the aurora australis and aurora borealis from around the world, including those with rarer blue and red lights



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