This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Aurora Borealis Photos Shot from ISS Are Spectacular

by Shane McGlaun

The Sun is right in the middle of one of its most active periods in its 11-year cycle. This means lots of radiation is being spewed towards the Earth during various solar storms. This radiation bounces off the Earth’s atmosphere and creates a phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis. Depending on which hemisphere you live in the common name for Aurora Borealis is either the Northern Lights or the Southern Lights.

The photo you see here was taken by ISS astronauts as the space station streaked over south-central Nebraska. The green fog-like Aurora Borealis you see is the result particles ejected from the sun colliding with Earth’s atmosphere. Those particles follow the magnetic lines near the poles creating the beautiful glow.

This photo was taken from 240 miles above the earth. Astronauts will be taking more photos and video of the Aurora Borealis as the ISS orbits the planet the public will be able to see the images and movies within 48 hours and them being taken. The video and photos are shared as part of an effort called AuroraMAX. You can follow the AuroraMAX live webcam here after dark.

[via Space.com]

Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Comments (2):

  1. Kenny says:

    It’s both beautiful and awesome! But I’d like to mention that “aurora borealis” is the name for the northern lights only. The lights on the southern hemisphere are called “aurora australis”.

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(astronomy)

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
American Beauty: The Art of Character adidas Crazy Explosive Fallon & Fassbender: Frozen Blackjack HISHE: X-Men: Apocalypse 95octane logo
Final Aston Martin DB9 Cars Roll off Assembly Line The Best BMW M on the Market Has a Growl for the Ages Just a Lamborghini Towing a Goat Cart Acura NSX GT3 Hits the Track for Practice mightymega logo
Han Solo in Carbonite Cutting Board DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series Batman Expression Pack Rick and Morty Recreate Hilarious NSFW Court Transcript Prime 1 Studio Premium Masterline Optimus Prime G1 Statue