A stunning new video of the Aurora Borealis shows the natural wonder as seen from the International Space Station, with a European Space Agency astronaut capturing over 700 photos to create the 32-second time-lapse video.
The aurora is truly one of nature’s most impressive sights which is why it’s not surprising why so many people travel to the Arctic in hopes of witnessing the natural light show. However, not many people get the privilege of watching the aurora from space. Aurora Borealis is a pretty common phenomenon for astronauts aboard ISS as they frequently see the light show. However, on some occasions when Earth is perfectly aligned, people residing in Canada and polar regions like Finland get a chance to see the stunning northern lights.
This is time, aurora borealis was pretty intense and vivid. Last Sept. 15, Expedition 53 crew member Paolo Nespoli captured 711 photographs as the ISS flew over Canada. Thanks to his efforts, even non-astronauts can see just how beautiful the aurora is even from above. The Aurora Borealis is caused by geomagnetic storms initiated by strong solar winds. Apart from strong solar winds, ‘coronal hole’ near the equator of the sun also played a vital role in making the Aurora Borealis visible from the Earth. Astronomers say that ‘coronal hole’ was perfectly aligned with the Earth which made the event breath taking.
These stunning solar wind events resulting in colourful lighting can happen any time of the year. Scientists just wait for the right moment to capture them in the camera and later release those incredible shots to mesmerise the space enthusiasts.