Astronaut Captures Incredible View of Aurora Australis Over New Zealand

Nov 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm |
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Credit: European Space Agency

On November 3, the European Space Agency posted a video on its official YouTube account taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst as he flew over New Zealand while aboard the International Space Station. The time-lapse video taken at 400km above Earth captures a green Aurora Australis glowing in night the sky above New Zealand.

The nighttime video shows an aurora that occurs when Earth’s atmosphere interacts with solar radiation.

Click through to look at this beautiful footage of what happens when the Earth’s atmosphere interacts with solar radiation.