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The best time to see the aurora borealis here on Earth is during the coldest and darkest nights of the year, so people in the Northern Hemisphere still have a few more nights of ideal viewing. However, here on Earth we only get to see half the show. But luckily for us, the folks orbiting 240 miles above us on the International Space Station have been documenting what we?ve been missing.

The aurora borealis and its southern sister, the aurora australis, are just as breathtaking from above, and the astronauts get a clear view any time of year. These atmospheric light shows are a product of charged particles interacting with the Earth?s magnetic sphere and are often tied to solar wind or other sun surface activity. Whichever way you look at it, the phenomenon is surreal.

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It's sometimes hard for me believe that this is real. I've still never seen it for myself.

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Such an amazing and beautiful natural phenomenon. I would like to be able to take a trip one of the poles and see it for myself.

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all thanks for earth's magneto-sphere.

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Shields are holding at 50%!

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It's sometimes hard for me believe that this is real. I've still never seen it for myself.

I have seen strong displays from Earth and it's absolutely f'ing breathtaking. I could watch them for hours. Seeing them from orbit must be stunning.

To see them at their best there has to have been a solar coronal mass ejection (solar storm), a ground observer should be at a fairly high latitude (40? or better) and the skies dark (as in being in a rural location.)

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in the past few years with better and better cameras making it to the space station we have seen some amazing aurora photos as well as other earth photos from the space station.

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amazing photos!

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Shields are holding at 50%!

Raise power, number one! :p

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These Star Trek references... Need to stop. Make it so.

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These Star Trek references... Need to stop. Make it so.

LOL! (I read that as Kirk would've said it, hehe!)

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Amazing that there are stars visible in the photos ... right Neil ? :shifty:

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Shields are holding at 50%!

This made me laugh. Thanks. :rofl:

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Some beautiful pictures. I hope to see it myself one day, but from here on earth.

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You wouldn't go up given the opportunity? Hell, I'd jump at the chance.

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You wouldn't go up given the opportunity? Hell, I'd jump at the chance.

No, I'm happy here on earth. :)

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