The view from up there: An astronauts' Aurora Borealis (video)

NASA video gives those of us with our feet firmly planted on the ground a look at the Northern Lights from the International Space Station.

New footage from NASA shows the International Space Station's recent view of the Aurora Borealis, from the Pacific Ocean to western Quebec just as the sun comes up. NASA / Screenshot by Anne Dujmovic/CNET

Oftentimes I'm perfectly happy being in the cheap seats when witnessing life's spectacular moments. (Well, not perfectly happy. I'm always searching for a better view.)

Take the Northern Lights. In recent weeks, some people who normally might not be able to gaze at the Aurora Borealis from their own back yard got treated to quite the light show, thanks to a solar radiation storm late last month.

But what would the Northern Lights look like from the real nosebleeds (though not cheap)? What would they look like from, say, the International Space Station? NASA has released video of a sequence of shots taken January 29 as the space station was flying over a stretch of the North Pacific Ocean and continuing over western Quebec. Check out the video below, which ends as the sun comes up over Quebec.

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Anne Dujmovic is an associate editor at CNET News. After working more than a dozen years in newspapers, including a seven-year stint at the San Jose Mercury News, Anne migrated north to Portland, Ore. There, she honed her pastry-making skills as an apprentice. Although she's returned to journalism, she still misses the free pastries. E-mail Anne.

 

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