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

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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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.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: ESA/NASA.

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