At a lonely research station at the end of the world, a group of hardy men and women have spent the last four months in total darkness. The temperature outside hovers around -90ºF (-67.8ºC). But the team received a well-earned bonus recently, when a gorgeous aurora australis rippled across the southern sky.
The infrared eye of the Suomi NPP satellite captured this amazingly atmospheric light show created by the southern lights—aka aurora australis—over Antarctica before dawn on the 24th of June 2015.
Last month, photographer Alex Cherney photographed aurora australis igniting the Australian night. This breathtaking red aurora was caused by particles from January's solar storms exciting oxygen in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Explains Cherney of the shooting conditions:
Boy howdy, this video definitely confirms that if you're going to gaze at our planet, the International Space Station is the best seat in the house. This video was shot during Expeditions 28 and 29 aboard the ISS from August-October of this year. Time to pretend you're an alien fleet joy-riding through the Milky Way.
Earlier this week, the Sun emitted its first X-class solar flare in about four years. The most powerful form of solar flare, this particular flare has lit up a massive region on the Sun's southern hemisphere...and any of our readers in the far northern or southern latitudes will be treated to some particularly amazing…
On May 29, this photo was taken on the International Space Station by a NASA astronaut on Expedition 23. It shows aurora australis, the southern Lights, zigzagging towards the South Pole.
Photos of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, have become a common enough sight, but a less frequently seen phenomenon is their Southern cousin, the Aurora Australis, which create a spectacular light show over the Antarctic desert.