The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) shared a photo of the eerie green aurora for Halloween celebrations. Although, by universal admission, this is due more to solar storms than to scary monsters.
Enjoy this eerie green aurora for #NASAHalloween! ????❇️ https://t.co/UjKPo63fCz
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) October 31, 2022
The official ISS Twitter page shared a photo taken by NASA astronaut Don Pettit when he took part in the 30th expedition of the station, which took place 10 years ago. Compared to other auroras recorded from the ISS in recent years, this is especially intense, since the space station was passing directly over it at that moment.
The ISS astronauts have the opportunity to observe the auroras from an orbit about 400 km above the Earth. This phenomenon occurs when solar wind particles collide with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Auroras can be seen from the surface of the earth, but the best places to contemplate them are the northern regions: Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. In addition, you can see them in places like Tasmania and New Zealand in the far south.
Zodiacal Light at orbital sunrise. This reel shows a sunrise from @ISS where the interplanetary dust in our solar system is seen as the zodiacal cloud. pic.twitter.com/lbgLMmMaPF
— Don Pettit (@astro_Pettit) October 16, 2022
During his three space missions, American astronaut Pettit created a whole collection of unique images from the orbital outpost. The astronaut still shares many of his images on his Twitter account. For example, this is an amazing photo taken from the Cupola module on board the station, which shows the Earth as you’ve never seen it before.
One of my favorites! https://t.co/7WgiBdGQ9c
— Don Pettit (@astro_Pettit) August 21, 2022
Pettit has also demonstrated an ability to innovate during his travels to the ISS. For example, during Expedition 6 in 2002-2003, an astronaut used parts of the ISS to build a device that allows him to take spectacular night pictures of city lights far below, compensating for the station’s movement relative to the Earth’s surface.
Earlier we reported about how an astronaut on the ISS struck with photos of the “amazing world”.
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