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This glorious series of images was captured by the Space Station’s Expedition 29 crew on September 17, 2011 while cruising over the Indian Ocean near Australia and south of Madagascar.

An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.

It truly must be the most exhilarating yet most humbling experiences any human being can go through.

The video was created by Félix Pharand using time-lapse NASA images released yesterday. He employed the same technique used for last weekend’s stunning fly-by.

Félix is the anthropologist and visualization expert behind Globaïa, one of the proponents of the Anthropocene geological era, as explored in previous posts.

If this doesn’t interest you about science, or show you how science can inspire you, nothing will.

Via Space.com