Sunday, June 09, 2024

Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean: May-June 2024 | International Space Station

Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean: May-June 2024 | International Space Station

An aurora swirls above the Indian Ocean in this photograph from the International Space Station as it orbited 266 miles above and due south of Australia's island state of Tasmania.
An aurora and an atmospheric glow crown Earth's horizon in this photograph from the International Space Station as it orbited 266 miles above a cloudy Indian Ocean southwest of Australia. In the foreground, from left, are a portion of Northrop Grumman's Cygnus space freighter, the Rassvet module, and the Russian Soyuz MS-25 crew ship docked to the Prichal docking module which is itself mated to the Nauka science module.
A dim aurora and an atmospheric glow crown Earth's horizon in this photograph from the International Space Station as it orbited 266 miles above a cloudy Indian Ocean southwest of Australia. In the foreground, from left, are a portion of Northrop Grumman's Cygnus space freighter, the Rassvet module, and the Russian Soyuz MS-25 crew ship docked to the Prichal docking module which is itself mated to the Nauka science module.
The aurora australis, also known as the Southern Lights, shimmers over the Indian Ocean in between Australia and Antarctica in this photograph from the International Space Station as it orbited 266 miles above.

For many people, the aurora is a beautiful nighttime phenomenon that is worth traveling to Earth's polar regions just to observe. It is the only way for most people to actually experience space weather. 

Earth auroras have are assigned names depending on the pole where they occur. Aurora Borealis, or the northern lights, is the name given to auroras around the north pole and Aurora Australis, or the southern lights, is the name given for auroras around the south pole.

The Colors of the Aurora (National Park Service)

https://www.nps.gov/articles/-articles-aps-v8-i1-c9.htm

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Image Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Image Dates: May 26-June 3, 2024 

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