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A birds eye view of the aurora from the International Space Station

Take a cruise over the aurora lights with NASA

An astronaut on board the International Space Station gave us on the ground a unique look at the aurora.
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An astronaut on board the International Space Station gave us on the ground a unique look at the aurora.

On Sept. 23, NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik gave the world a glimpse into his unique view of the aurora lights from aboard the International Space Station.

Bresnik posted a video of the aurora on Facebook, describing the “incredible light show” to his followers.

According to Bresnik, the beautiful lights seen in the video are caused by collisions between gaseous particles and charged particles. The color variations are caused by the different types of gas particles.

The most common aurora color is green, Bresnik wrote, because green is produced by oxygen molecules about 60 miles above earth.

Bresnik regularly posts birds eye view photos and video from the space station on his Facebook page using the hashtag #OneWorldManyViews.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

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