Aurora Australis from the International Space Station

The Aurora Australis as viewed from the International Space Station, May 29, 2010 (NASA)

On May 24th, a magnetic reconnection engendered a coronal mass ejection from the sun. Five days later, the crew of the International Space Station witnessed this stunning view of the Aurora Australis – the southern lights – as the coronal mass ejection interacted with the Earth’s magnetosphere.

For more amazing images of astronomical events and phenomena, see NASA’s wonderful Astronomical Picture of the Day website.

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