The current Expedition 64 crew of the International Space Station recently shared some gorgeous pictures of Earth’s Arorus. The stunning natural colors are thanks to the station’s orbit that takes it 51.6 degrees above the equator.
As explained Digital trends, Auroras appear when solar storm particles make contact with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. The best places to see auroras on Earth are as close to the Arctic Circle as you can get in the Northern Hemisphere, and Tasmania in the Southern Hemisphere and the far south of New Zealand.
The station’s orbit takes it up to 51.6 ° above the equator, offering awe-inspiring views of the aura of the earth amidst city lights and twinkling stars. https://t.co/gzNPCS8UMl pic.twitter.com/JEAwJI0LEX
– International Space Station (@Space_Station) January 23, 2021
But from space, moving its orbit into position can detect natural phenomena. Below are photos recently shared in NASA’s Flickr account:
The above image was captured on 18 January as the International Space Station was orbiting 264 miles above the North Atlantic. The caption reads, “Earth’s atmosphere, a optical phenomenon that causes cosmic rays to hit the upper atmosphere, blankets the horizon.”
This photo was also taken on 18 January, as the ISS was in orbit 263 miles above Romania. The city lights of Sweden and Finland appear below the aurora above the Earth’s horizon. The dark region between the two Scandinavian countries is the Baltic Sea.
The above two photos were taken 264 miles from Kazakhstan on 13 January and head north towards Russia, where the luminous cities can be seen under the aurora.
Captured on 12 January, these last two photos were both taken over Russia. The first image looks between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, while the second is close to the western border of Kazakhstan.
All the above images were captured with a 58 mm or 85 mm lens on the Nikon D5.
It has recently been shown in a documentary published on NASA’s YouTube channel that Auroras, captured from the space station, likes to watch Earth from top to bottom, along with many other stories.
(Via digital trend)