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The Best Aurora Photos NASA Has Ever Featured


The sight of an aurora—whether it be from the ground, up in the air, or even in space—is sure to give pause and conjure wonder. Over the years NASA has showcased hundreds of amazing photos of auroras taken by astronauts in space, scientists on the ground, and from wonderful contributors around the globe.

Below, in no particular order, you will find the best aurora photos NASA has ever featured. If you want to learn more about any of the photos taken below, click the link in the photo credit to visit the original post on NASA.

1. Lekangsund, Norway

Photograph by Hugo Løhre

2. Expedition 32, ISS

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Photograph by Joe Acaba/NASA

3. Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Photograph by Greg Syverson

4. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

5. Donnelly Creek, Alaska

Photograph by Sebastian Saarloos

6. Tromsø, Norway

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Photograph by Harald Albrigtsen

7. Northern Norway

Photograph by Ole Salomonsen

An aurora (astralis in the south and borealis in the north) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.

8. Delta Junction, Alaska

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Photograph by Sebastian Saarloos

9. Expedition 23, ISS

Photograph by NASA

10. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Photograph by Minoru Yoneto

11. Alberta, Canada

Photograph by Zoltan Kenwell

12. Expedition 46, ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

13. Yukon, Canada

Photograph by Jonathan Tucker

14. Whitehorse, Yukon

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Photograph by David Cartier, Sr.

15. Expedition 29, ISS

Photograph by NASA

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