NASA astronaut Terry Virts captured this stunning image of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia on a moonlit night beneath an glowing curtain of aurora. Virts, a flight engineer on the International Space Station with Expedition 42, took the image on 6 February 2015.
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View the International Space Station at its best from the UK
If you have never seen the International Space Station (ISS), make the most of clear skies over the next few nights. It’s capable of exceeding Venus at its brightest and visible for up to 7 minutes as it crawls across the sky in an arc from west to east. Find out when and where to see some favourable passes of this 420-tonne, 109-metre-wide spacecraft over the British Isles and Western Europe.
Hubble captures vivid aurorae in Jupiter’s atmosphere
Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study aurorae — stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere — on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. This observation program is supported by measurements made by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, shortly to arrive at the gas giant.