Picture of the Day: The East Coast at Night with the Aurora Borealis in the Distance

620615main_iss1600_946-710.jpg

On January 29, one of the members of the Expedition 30 crew currently on board the International Space Station orbiting Earth snapped this incredible picture of the East Coast at night. The hive that is New York City and surrounding areas shine brightly in the lower center. Philadelphia and Boston lie not far from New York's reach. In the north, Montreal and, far off to the left, Toronto round out the urban picture. At the horizon, the green glow of the Aurora Borealis, the result of recent sun storms, shades the night sky.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin

Videos

Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.

Video

How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

More in Technology

Just In