Auroras from Space (ISS) - February 10, 2012

Canada's Aurora Borealis from Earth and Space

Aurora watchers on Earth (and in space!) were treated to stunning displays of the Northern Lights in early February when a series of solar flares followed by coronal mass ejections (huge bursts of solar wind), were directed towards Earth. The impact of the coronal mass ejections on Earth's magnetic field resulted in the spectacular display of the Northern Lights in this imagery collection. The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) captured a series of still photos of the aurora over Northern Canada on February 10, 2012, while the AuroraMAX observatory in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, photographed the same auroras from the ground.

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