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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Southern Lights

The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, is the southern hemisphere's counterpart to the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Problem is, fewer people live down there so we don't get to see photos very often. Going where others fear to tread, the International Space Station (ISS) took this fabulous photo of the Aurora Australis  from earth orbit as it passed between Antarctica and Australia. These auroras are the results of solar flares from the sun which shoot charged particles into space that interact with the earth's magnetic field, causing neon-like glows in the atmosphere.

The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, captured by Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers aboard the International Space Station.

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