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8 images of Earth as seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on March 7, 2011, 12:25 p.m.
aurora on earth seen from outer space

Photo: NASA

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Auroras underfoot

Auroras are created when solar winds crash into the Earth's atmosphere at the poles, creating a spectacular light show. This is what auroras look like from outer space. According to NASA, this is the view that astronauts see from the space shuttle Discovery. In this photo, a Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun is colliding with our magnetosphere. If you want to see more amazing auroras, check out these photos.