Updated: August 15, 2021 10:53:02 am
Photographs and a timelapse video of the Aurora Australis — the southern lights — shot by astronauts from space has left many awestruck on the internet.
“The colorful display is caused by strong solar wind hitting Earth’s magnetic shield,” CNN tweeted.
Astronauts have captured images and a timelapse video showing the Aurora Australis — the southern lights — from space. The colorful display is caused by strong solar wind hitting Earth’s magnetic shield. https://t.co/LB7dCLKieo pic.twitter.com/iHRIc8SdQl
— CNN (@CNN) August 13, 2021
In a series of pictures, the southern lights can be seen from the space illuminating green light.
Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), took pictures from space. Posting the pictures on social media, Pesquet said, “Another mesmerising aurora 🤩 I will never tire of this sight from space, which means it’s your job to say when.”
According to CNN, the images were taken from the International Space Station above the Indian Ocean.
Many loved the timelapse posted by CNN and the pictures by Pesquet. People took to Twitter and Instagram to call the view beautiful, cool and “magnificent”.
Aurora, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, is “a captivating display of light in the night sky”, says NASA. The northern and southern aurora lights, called aurora borealis and aurora australis, occur at the northern and southern hemispheres.