Watch: The Stunning Southern Lights, As Seen From Space


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared time-lapse video of the Southern Lights

For years we have been mesmerized by the Southern Lights in photos and videos. But what do they look like above the Earth’s atmosphere? No need to tire yourself out imagining. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet offers us a unique observation of the aurora australis (also known as the aurora australis) from the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the planet. Time-lapse video shows a vast expanse of green light flickering across the Earth’s surface. Mr Pesquet captioned the photo, “Aurora australes diurnes,” and added, “Clouds vie for attention in this timelapse of dawn over a blue ocean.”

In the video, we see the space station traveling from the lighted side of the planet to the dark side of the Earth. At first we come across a thick blanket of clouds stretching over an ocean. As the spaceship moves, the camera is almost over the green lights.

The aurora australis is caused when the Sun releases a huge gust of solar wind. When particles carried by solar winds interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, they collide to produce energy, which is released in the form of auroras.

Explanations cannot make these amazing light patterns any less interesting. The response to Mr. Pesquet’s video proves it. The video received 1.13 lakh views within 15 hours of posting.

Many users have called the sighting “magical”. Many users thanked Mr. Pesquet for the video. One user wrote: “Amazing … Thanks for sharing this with us”

A surfer wrote in French: “It’s downright magical … what splendor!” Another called it “Magnificent”, which means magnificent.

Many users have commented with green heart emojis, perhaps to match the hue of the lights.

Mr. Pesquet is currently on board a European Space Agency (ESA) project. Last month, ESA shared a series of photos of the Northern Lights. These were also captured by Mr. Pesquet. Looked:

It seems our fascination with the dreamlike Northern Lights can never stop.

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