Interesting Photo of the Day: International Space Station Over Polar Aurora

Breathtaking are the wonders of an Aurora. But imagine those ebbing polar greens and pinks from four-hundred kilometers in space. Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this incredible moment while floating high above the continent of Australia inside the International Space Station:

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The International Space Station floats high above the polar Aurora in Australia (Via Imgur. Click image to view full size.)

Gerst, a member of the International Space Station Expedition 40 crew, has just arrived to earth after five and a half months in space. When he wasn’t working for the Blue Dot Mission, Gerst was often found photographing our beautiful planet from afar.

This image is one of thousands captured by Gerst, at a rate of one per second at a resolution of 4256 x 2832 pixels. This selection of high resolution images was transformed into Ultra HD (4k) 3840 x 2160 pixel movie by the European Space Agency production team.

Earth Images, the jaw-dropping video montage, is pictured below:

With 25 frames per second, the film runs 25 times faster than it would appear to an astronaut’s eye.

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