Aurora australis

Aurora australis

E115/0339 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.2MB

Downloadable file size: 1.8MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


This image is part of the feature Around The World In 90 Minutes

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora australis or southern lights display, seen from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the ISS's solar panels is at lower right. Auroral displays are caused by interactions between energetic charged particles from the Sun, and the Earth's atmosphere. Moving at 400-500 kilometres a second, the charged particles of the solar wind are drawn by Earth's magnetic field to the poles, where they collide with gas atoms and molecules, causing them to emit light. Green light is from oxygen atoms, faint red from nitrogen molecules. The displays can be hundreds of kilometres above the Earth. The ISS orbits around 380 kilometres above the Earth. Photographed on 3 June 2003.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 2003, 6, antarctic, atmosphere, atmospheric phenomenon, aurora australis, aurorae, earth observation, earth science, earth's atmosphere, effects, electromagnetic effect, expedition six, from space, international space station, iss, june, magnetosphere, mongolia, mongolian, nature, night, night-time, polar, satellite, sciences, solar activity, southern lights, weather, wind

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.