May 9, 2017

The 33 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 33 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

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Photograph by Hugo Løhre

 

2. Expedition 32, ISS

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Photograph by Joe Acaba/NASA

 

3. Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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Photograph by Greg Syverson

 

4. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

5. Donnelly Creek, Alaska

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Photograph by Sebastian Saarloos

 

6. Tromsø, Norway

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Photograph by Harald Albrigtsen

 

7. Northern Norway

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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. [source]

 

8. Delta Junction, Alaska

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Photograph by Sebastian Saarloos

 

9. Expedition 23, ISS

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Photograph by NASA

 

10. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Photograph by Minoru Yoneto

 

11. Alberta, Canada

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Photograph by Zoltan Kenwell

 

12. Expedition 46, ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

13. Yukon, Canada

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Photograph by Jonathan Tucker

 

14. Whitehorse, Yukon

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Photograph by David Cartier, Sr.

 

15. Expedition 29, ISS

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Photograph by NASA

 

16. Alberta, Canada

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Photograph by Zoltan Kenwell

 

17. Expedition 42, ISS

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18. Whitehorse, Yukon

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Photograph by Joseph Bradley

 

19. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

20. Christchurch, New Zealand

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Photograph by Steven Graham

 

21. Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Photograph by Jonathan

 

22. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

23. Kvaløya Island, Norway

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Photograph by Fredrick Broms

 

24. Expedition 29, ISS

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Photograph by NASA

 

25. Expedition 30, ISS

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Photograph by NASA

 

26. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

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Photograph by Joshua Strang/USAF

 

27. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

28. Harstad, Norway

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29. ISS

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Photograph by NASA

 

30. Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

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31. ISS

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Photograph by Scott Kelly/NASA

 

32. Expedition 41, ISS

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33. Cascade Mountains, Oregon

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Photograph by Jason Brownlee

 

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