Aurora Australis from the ISS

Aurora Australis from the ISS

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This image is part of the feature Cities at night from space

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aurora Australis (Southern lights, green) and lightning (white) seen over Antarctica from the International Space Station (ISS). Aurora are atmospheric phenomena that occur when solar wind particles are directed towards the Earth's magnetic poles and collide with atmospheric atoms, emitting light.

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