The southern lights from space

Astronaut Ron Garan takes photos in space and posts them to Google+. This photo was taken yesterday, aboard the ISS, and shows the Southern Lights.

Real-time astronaut photos may be my favorite benefit of social media networks.

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      1. After you said that, I imported the photo into photoshop and flipped it upsidedown. I like it even better that way. It reminds me that, in space, there is no reason for the Earth to be “down.”

        1. After you said that, I imported the photo into photoshop and flipped it upsidedown. I like it even better that way. It reminds me that, in space, there is no reason for the Earth to be “down.”

          Well actually, when you think about it, in space, ‘down’ is the direction of the nearest source of gravity.Or maybe a vector of all the gravity acting on you. But I’d prefer to think of it as the direction you don’t want to head directly in for very long.

  1. I saw that too! What’s great about these images, is, not only do we get to see them in real time form astronauts posting on Twitter and G+, but the quality of even cheep digital photography is really amazing. I wish we would go back tot he Moon so we could take new, high def pictures of Earth. One day maybe…

    1. Actually the quality of the still film cameras that Apollo took to the moon were quite good. That said, I wish we could (would?) go back again, also. And I agree with you about the awesomeness of real-time, high quality digital pics from the astro/cosmonauts.

  2. i know this is a photo but my brain keeps telling me it’s a video still from a VHS copy of some mid-90s sci fi movie.

  3. This is amazing stuff to add to my circles. BoingBoing, any chance of getting a list of Google+ folks you find interesting?  It’s been a little tough tracking down good content. 

  4. I have some friends who say they have seen the southern lights down in Southland, New Zealand. Not sure if they are ever visible up in Otago.

  5. Hey, when I look at photo details under actions at the scrapbook photos page, it says the image is 1600×1065, but the largest copy I can find is only 912×607.

    What gives? This is my first look at Google+, and I’m far from impressed. It’s 2011; surely we can share pics of any size by now.

  6. I suddenly have a hankering to take my special lady on a Southern Lights adult cruise, anyone know how to find such a thing??

  7. About 8 years ago, I saw the aurora from Christchurch, only red though,
    friends about 50k south in Ashburton saw a much better display, greens
    and blues and much brighter. I think that was during a really big solar
    flare though, only time my Mum could remember seeing it and she’s lived
    there 50+ years

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