image credit: NASA

The aurora borealis, or ‘northern lights’ is an amazing phenomenon that occurs when a solar wind of charged electrical particles enters the Earth’s magnetic field. When these particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere above the Arctic region, the atmosphere produces an incredible spectacle of spectral multi-colored lights that ‘dance’ in the night sky.

NASA has recently released a time lapse video composed of some 500 photographs of the aurora borealis taken by digital cameras on the International Space Station.

From BBC News:

By combining hundreds of stills taken from the International Space Station, they have produced the first ‘moving’ images of the spectacle. NASA Earth Scientist Melissa Dawson explains how she happened on the technique almost by accident, when looking over other material from the ISS.

Check out the following video report from ITN News to witness the amazing spectacle of the northern lights from space.