Northern lights a stunning phenomenon from space

THE Aurora borealis is one of the world's natural wonders that surely must be on any traveller's bucket list.

But would the setting be from outer space?

Last month we at Seniors News were gobsmacked by a video of a storm rolling across North America that was filmed from the International Space Station.

But the astronauts living on the station have outdone themselves after the European Space Agency (ESA) shared stunning footage of the natural phenomenon.

What makes the video even more amazing was that the 'footage' is actually still images taken by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

However, most people would probably prefer cutting out the risks associated with space travel to see the 'northern lights'.

The phenomenon occurs when particles released by the sun collide with gases in the earth's atmosphere and are best seen in the northern hemisphere, usually around the pole, in countries such as Canada, Greenland and Norway.


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