Stunning auroras, photographed from the earth and space

The views of a lucky astronaut
The views of a lucky astronaut
Image: NASA
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The astronaut Scott Kelly has captured some breathtaking photos of aurora borealis from the International Space Station. In his shots, you can see how the red lights (instead of the regular green ones) float and glimmer over the Earth’s surface.

Kelly is spending a year on the International Space Station while his twin brother Mark stays on Earth, as part of an unprecedented research that aims to discover the biological effects of living in the space. In his Twitter account, he has been sharing stunning graphic material, but even he was surprised by the strange views of the aurora.

Meanwhile, a bunch of lucky mortals were able to witness on Monday night an uncommon cameo of the aurora’s pink, yellow and green shiny lights in latitudes where the Northern lights usually don’t reach, like the US states of Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina or New Hampshire. The reason? A rare combination of solar and geomagnetic storms.