Aurora, as Seen From Space [Video]
Before astronaut Ron Garan left the International Space Station last week, he posted an incredible picture of the Southern Lights or aurora australis to Googe+. Just yesterday, NASA posted the incredible full video, which shows the glittering tendrils of electromagnetism undulating across the sky.
It’s an incredible sight, made all the more impressive by the fact that NASA knows when the coronal mass ejection on the sun that caused these shimmering lights occurred. That ejection took place on September 14, and the aurora was recorded on the 17th. Given the fact that it was released yesterday, we can conclude that it is faster to travel from the sun to Earth than to navigate the bureaucracy of a government agency.