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article imageVideos show Earth at night, Aurora Australis from ISS images

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By Andrew Moran     Sep 20, 2011 in Science
Greenbelt - Two videos are making their rounds through the Internet. One time-lapse video depicts the International Space Stations orbiting our planet at night. The other video shows the Aurora Australis over eastern Australia.
On Thursday, YouTube user yesterday221 published an amazing time-lapse video taken from the front of the International Space Station (ISS) during its orbit of Earth at night. The video (to be watched in 1080p HD) starts at the Pacific Ocean and moves towards North and South American cities.
Apparent cities in the video are Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and other areas inside of Texas, New Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. Also visible in the video is lightning, our planet’s ionosphere – the yellow line – a satellite and the billions of stars in our galaxy.
How did this 26-year-old Afghan user produce such an awe-inspiring video? It was constructed utilizing NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography Of Earth.
As of Sept. 20, the video has generated 2.5 million views.
Aurora Australis
Another not so viral video shows streaks of green light as the ISS hovered over eastern Australia. The video of Aurora Australis was created using sequence shots and were acquired on Sept. 11.
Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, occurs due to reactions from Earth’s magnetic field, solar wind, ions and collisions between ions and atmospheric atoms.
The YouTube video has garnered 301 views as of Sept. 20.
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