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From NASA’s Earth Observatory, a stunning view of the Northern Lights from the International Space Station:

3 February 2012, Nikon D3S, ISO 320, 28 mm, f/1.4, 0.6 sec 3 February 2012, Nikon D3S, ISO 320, 28 mm, f/1.4, 0.6 sec

From NASA:

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station adjusted the camera for night imaging and captured the green veils and curtains of an aurora that spanned thousands of kilometers over Quebec, Canada.

Snow and ice in this winter image (February 2012) reflect enough light from stars, the Moon, and the aurora to reveal details of the landscape. On the lower right, we see a circle of ice on the frozen reservoir that now occupies Manicouagan impact crater (70 kilometers in diameter). City lights reveal small settlements, such as Labrador City (an iron-ore mining town) and the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Goose Bay on the Labrador Sea.

The aurora borealis (northern lights) is the light that glows when charged…

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