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Stunning Auroras From the Space Station in Ultra HD

NASA has released a ultra-high definition 4K timelapse of the Auroras Borealis and Australis as seen from 250 miles above Earth.

This five-minute clip uses time lapses shot from the International Space Station and shows the dancing lights, which occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere, in gorgeous Ultra-High Definition.

Named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, the lights are usually seen in high latitude regions. The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is seen in northern latitudes while the Aurora Australis, known as the Southern Lights, can be seen in high southern latitude areas in Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

References: NASA