The Earth From Space: The Southern Lights Over Antarctica and Australia

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Astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped this incredible shot of the snaking Southern Lights as the International Space flew over Australia and Antarctica last weekend. The planet's polar regions have seen unusually frequent aurorae in recent weeks, the result of recent solar storms. For a video explanation of how solar weather causes aurorae and more photographs of the lights, see The Atlantic's visual guide here.

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Image: ESA/NASA.

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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.

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