Breathtaking images of auroras over Earth

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet has captured absolutely stunning images of auroras, the incredible lightshows that occur when charged particles from the sun enter the Earth's atmosphere and interact with gases there.

The image above is "the full Moon lighting up the shadow side of Earth almost like daylight," Pesquet tweeted.

"The camera is setup to take pictures at regular intervals, the pictures are then played quickly after each other at 6 times faster than normal speed," ESA explains.