NASA astronauts photograph Northern Lights from ISS

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This was their view of the Aurora Borealis.  

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Astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Peake have been posting pictures of the Earth from the International Space Station, but their most recent photos are more stunning than usual.

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Photos posted on Kelly's Facebook page show the astronauts' views of the Aurora Borealis. The extraordinary pictures were said to be taken while Kelly taught Peake how to use his Nikon camera. 

The natural light display they captured happens when a burst of the sun's gas and magnetic field causes a solar wind -- the stream of energy specks from the sun.

That stream hits the Earth's atmosphere and creates the Northern Lights' effect.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies. You were beautiful this morning! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Aurora brought her fresh colors over Earth today. Stunning! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More morning's aurora. #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Good morning, Aurora and the Pacific Northwest! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 298. A distant aurora leaves the light on for us. Good night from the International Space Station! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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This was their view of the Aurora Borealis.  

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