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Stunning footage from space showing dazzling aurora borealis in the Indian Ocean

Stunning footage from space showing dazzling aurora borealis in the Indian Ocean

A NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station recorded a dazzling aurora borealis over the Indian Ocean.
The timelapse video clip shows what the aurora borealis look like from space during orbital passage over the Indian Ocean covered by this aurora borealis.

In the video, which was published on Monday, September 5, on the International Space Station’s Twitter account, you can watch the wonderful view of the moon lighting up the Coral Sea in eastern 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
Auroras occur when particles from solar storms strike gases in our planet’s atmosphere, including hydrogen and helium, and the collision often results in these striking light shows.

Light displays of the aurora borealis decorate Earth’s skies in many colors, though pale green and pink are the most common.

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While astronauts on the space station get a unique view of the phenomenon, this natural wonder can also be seen from Earth, with the best observation points being in places as far north as Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

On the other side of the planet, in the far south, places like Tasmania and New Zealand offer the best views of the aurora borealis.

Since the video was shared on Twitter, it has received nearly 100,000 views. “This time-lapse video shows an orbital corridor over the aurora-covered Indian Ocean to the illuminated Coral Sea east of Australia,” the ISS account wrote.

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The glow of Earth’s atmosphere above lightning bolts and storms below can also be seen. The recent increase in the sun’s activity was a result of its approaching the most active phase of its 11-year solar cycle, and it will reach its peak in 2024.

Studies have shown that the level of solar activity currently taking place is almost the same as it was 11 years ago, at the same point during the last cycle.

There are two types of aurora: Aurora Borealis, which means “northern lights”, and Aurora Australis, which means “southern lights.”

Source: Daily Mail