NASA captures the aurora borealis glowing over Vancouver

Nearly a decade ago, NASA captured some stunning images of the Aurora Borealis over Vancouver

Almost a decade ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some beautiful photos of the Aurora Borealis glowing over Vancouver from nearly 400 km above our blue marble.

From time to time Vancouverites are teased to the beautiful pastel colors of the night sky by ionized winds from the sun that collide with the Earth’s magnetic field. However, less often we can see the phenomenon from space.

On the night of Thursday, January 26, 2012, 40 pictures were taken on board the International Space Station (ISS) with a Nikon D3S with a focal length of 28 mm. The camera captured the lights of the city of Seattle and Vancouver, but above Vancouver the swirling band of green light stretches from one side of the image to the other, followed by night photographers.

The images are located on NASA’s gateway to Earth Astronaut Photography, a service of the ISS program, the JSC Geosciences and Remote Sensing Department, the ARES Department, and the Exploration Integration Directorate.

The service has a searchable database where high quality images from (literally) the world can be found and downloaded for free.

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