A member of the space shuttle Atlantis crew snapped this spectacular image of the aurora australis, or southern lights.
The glowing phenomenon is caused by magnetic energy from the sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field, causing electrons to glow like a giant fluorescent light.
Part of the orbiter boom sensor system is visible; it was attached to the end of the shuttle's robotic arm. A part of the shuttle's left wing is at right.
There's a big difference between "Tea Partiers"; "bleeding heart Liberals"; "and individuals that are no more than sociopaths that are just a few fries short of a happy meal".
Oh yeah....those aurora austrailis lights? They're pretty. Just like the aurora borealis. They disappear just as fast as they mysteriously appear.
@Joey: Do you even know what the Tea Party is about?
That's a troll trolling Joey.
It does that with several people's names here.
One can tell by his rants against the 'right wing thugs in Washington' and 'Tea Party Lingo', et al.
He'll probably troll you, too; he does this with most people.
I call it the Troll Brigade, which he'll then change to the Tea Party Brigade.
He won't go to the Political Ticker blog, because he knows he'll get nowhere there.
Just ignore him.
He's rather dim.
The beauty in nature.
@ HRH banasy. Hello.
It is so amaizing to see such a beuty of "Nature"
Trolls after me and then my name reprimanded and then banasy has my back but I was asleep through the whole thing.
Do I know what TEA is all about?
Boy do I but I don't fit in there, with that group.
I hate the polarization that's occurred in my country.
I'm getting up to get my worm for which somebody derided me yesterday.
Worms are protein too.
Why has no one pointed out that this photograph is focused on the WING of the shuttle instead of the light display which is the purported subject of the photograph? We pay $5-6,000 dollars per pond to get payload in to low earth orbit aboard the shutlle. Can we not afford a MANUAL-focus camera?
SD: it's still a lovely photo. Careful that you don't miss the forest for the trees.
Could it be they were *trying* to take a photo of the wing, and the Aurora was a beautiful accident?
I don't know...
Fab picture, anyhow.