September 20, 2011
We have already seen an amazing time-lapse video showing an orbit of the Earth from the International Space Station – as featured first on Mail Online.
And now astronauts have released another amazing video of their window on the world.
It shows the Southern Lights, known as the aurora australis, as the space station passed over Eastern Australia on September 11.
The stunning sight is formed as charged particles streaming from the Sun – known as the solar wind – interact with Earth’s magnetic field, resulting in collisions with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen (the elements which form the majority of the air we breathe) in the upper atmosphere.