NASA has shared a breathtaking time-lapse video taken from the International Space Station (ISS) 268 miles above Earth . The spectacular image features a spectacular northern lights that make our planet look like another Earth.
For many astronauts visiting the International Space Station , witnessing the northern lights is often one of the highlights of their stay there. The natural phenomenon arises when particles from solar storms collide with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA shared the 64-second video on Twitter the other day. The video shows the northern lights from the orbiting station as it passes over the Indian Ocean before heading towards the moonlit Coral Sea east of Australia.
This time-lapse video shows an orbital pass above an aurora-draped Indian Ocean all the way to a moonlit Coral Sea east of Australia. pic.twitter.com/U5pGdtdRvD
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) September 5, 2022
Combination of the Northern Lights and the Earth
If you’re wondering what’s in the middle of the image, it’s Canadarm2 , a key part of the International Space Station . The robotic arm is used to assist astronauts during spacewalks outside the station and to pick up visiting spaceships to help them dock safely with the habitable satellite.