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Unique perspective of Northern Lights from space

Unique perspective of Northern Lights from space

We've had quite a few photos of the Northern Lights around here of late, but how about the view from space?

Check out this photo from the NASA Earth Observatory program that was taken on Monday and posted on the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr page:

To quote the site:

"Using the “day-night band” (DNB) of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite acquired this view of the aurora borealis early on the morning of October 8, 2012. The northern lights stretch across Canada’s Quebec and Ontario provinces in the image, and are part of the auroral oval that expanded to middle latitudes because of a geomagnetic storm."

NASA says the sensor can detect dim light signals such as auroras.

Learn more about the photo and auroras on the NASA Flickr site