Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spectacular Aurora Borealis captured by ISS Astronauts

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this view from the International Space Station on Aug. 19, 2014.

Credit: NASA

The northern lights illuminated the night sky near the Arctic Circle earlier this week in a stunning display that could even be appreciated by astronauts living on the International Space Station.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this," NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman wrote in a Twitter post Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) alongside a photo of the amazing green auroras.

Reid Wiseman, who is a flight engineer, and perhaps Expedition 40's most prolific shutterbug, took pictures of the spectacle as the space station flew past North America around 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Wiseman is not the first to capture images of the Aurora Borealis from the ISS, with film-maker Randy Smith creating a time-lapse film of the light show from aboard the ISS in 2012

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