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Auroras in the night sky dance over Earth

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba captured this photo of the southern lights in a dazzling aurora display on July 14-15, 2012, during an uptick in solar activity.
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba captured this photo of the southern lights in a dazzling aurora display on July 14-15, 2012, during an uptick in solar activity.Joe Acaba / NASA

From Space.com - Shimmering auroras in the night sky are amazing to behold, but nothing prepared one NASA astronaut for seeing the celestial lights dance over Earth from above.

A new photo of the southern lights by astronaut Joe Acaba convey only a portion of the amazing view from his window on the International Space Station during a weekend photo session to catch the auroras over Earth. Acaba watched the auroras on Saturday and Sunday (July 14 and 15) from the station's observation deck, a seven-window cupola that offers astronauts a 360-degree of space and the Earth below. Click here to read more on this story.