Aurora Australis, from space

As noted by the BBC, Nasa have released a short video of the Aurora Australis “created from a sequence of still shots taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station. The images were acquired on September 11, 2011 as the ISS orbit pass descended over eastern Australia.”  Wondrous.

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  • ayeYerMa


  • Greenflag

    ‘The Southern Lights of old Sydney Town ‘ by any chance ?

    I’m sure this will have any Aussies out there in sluggerville homesick for Botany Bay as they try to forget a certain rugby defeat at the hands those Green Hyperboreans .

    The greenish tinge of the lights is noticed and approved of 🙂 although no political inference is drawn and Aussie viewers may not wish to be reminded of anything green for a while yet ;)?

  • Pete Baker



  • I’ve seen many displays of the aurora borealis since coming here (I live on the shore of one of the great lakes with an unlimited view to the north over the lake) and I’m wondering what difference just 7 miles up on an aeroplane be. Obviously not anything like the above but it would be interesting to see it.

  • Greenflag

    @ joe canuck

    As I was saying the other day about the quantum world below the atom etc heres a startler

    For now Dr Ereditato explained, “we are not claiming things, we want just to be helped by the community in understanding our crazy result – because it is crazy”.

    “And of course the consequences can be very serious.”

    Now I wonder what he meant by that i.e the consequences can be very serious ? Did he mean for his research team – his research future or the universe or more specifically the present accepted laws of physics as they exist in this universe ? We can’t comment on any others but their existence is not totally discounted by the fundi of cosmology .

  • Greenflag

    Of course there are other ‘quants’ who use the speed of light for much more immediate beneficial rewards

    As anybody who wonders why our politicos are in thrall to the banksters might have guessed 🙁

  • Greenflag ,

    I like that word – banksters.

  • Pete Baker


    You’re easily amused.

    Could we keep the irrelevant chatter to private emails?

    That includes you, Greenie.


  • Fair enough, Pete. It’s your blog. But I have always interpreted the “Conversation” in the banner as inviting chat. Feel free to delete any of my comments that you think stray too far.