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Image description: this animated gif is from a video taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. It shows lightning storms over the Caribbean Sea on June 29, 2012.
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Image description: this animated gif is from a video taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. It shows lightning storms over the Caribbean Sea on June 29, 2012.

See more videos taken from the International Space Station.

This video shows the the flowing ribbons and rays of the aurora australis, or “southern lights,” filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) while passing over the Indian Ocean on September 17. This was filmed while ISS passed from south of Madagascar to just north of Australia between 17:22 and 17:45 Universal Time. Solar panels and other sections of the ISS fill some of the upper right side of the frame.

Learn more about this video and auroras from NASA’s Earth Observatory.