I am so glad that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have found some time in their busy schedule to appreciate one of Earth’s most enchanting natural phenomena and to take some images to share their amazement with the rest of us. I had never seen how Aurora Borealis, a.k.a. Northern Lights, looks like from the outer space and it is every bit as captivating as one might have imagined…
The mesmerizing outer space images were taken using a 50mm lens as the International Space Station floated in orbit approximately 233 nautical miles above the south of Australia. Parts of the solar array panels of the ISS are visible at right. No camera- or any computer-generated special effects have been added.
For contrast, underneath the two ISS shots of Aurora Borealis you will see several images of the stunning phenomenon taken from the Earth by the famous Korean photographer O Chul Kwon. Mr. Kwon has spent years chasing the Northern Lights around the world, taking photos and creating stunning time-lapse videos. The images below are of the awesome light display at the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, Canada. He said:
Because the Aurora is so bright at Yellowknife, it almost always feels like something great is going to happen. The weather is important, but my predications are usually right, so I just set up my camera to continuous mode and starting shooting.
The funny thing is the Northern Lights are always over the earth, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, it’s just in the day time or in bad weather we cannot see them.
Mr. Kwon has been taking pictures of solar activity for quarter of a century and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost astro-photographers. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. This spectacular picture of the natural phenomena known as Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights was photographed from the International Space Station.
2. The astonishing images were captured by one of the crew members aboard the International Space Station in orbit approximately 223 nautical miles above earth.
3. Meanwhile back on earth, Korean photographer Chul Kwon captured the Northern lights at the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, Canada, one of the best places to view the phenomenon.
4. Ribbons of green tinged with pink swirl above the night sky above Aurora Village in Yellowknife, Canada.
5. The Korean photographer has spent half a decade taking photos and creating stunning time-lapse videos of the beautiful light display.
6. With its flat geographical landscape and clear weather conditions, Aurora Village in Yellowknife, Canada boasts the highest percentage of Aurora sightings in the world.
7. The shimmering green rays are solar flares from the sun caught up in the Earth’s atmosphere, setting the sky ablaze with a ripple of colors.
8. Photographer Mr. Kwon stands by his camera at the Aurora Village in Canada as he captures the stunning natural phenomenon swirling across the night sky.
9. Mr. Kwon has photographed the lights in other locations, including 4200m above sea level at Lake Waiau near Hawaii, Mount Kilimanjaro and Daedunsan in Korea.
10. Mr. Kwon, who lives in Seoul, has been taking pictures of solar activity for a quarter of a century.
11. Mr. Kwon is regarded as one of the most reputable astro-photographers in Korea.
And here is the video:
H / T The Daily Mail.
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