This is a beautiful video shot aboard the International Space Station of the aurora australis, the southern-pole cousin of the aurora borealis. The ghostly auroras are caused when highly charged particles thrown off by the sun collide with our atmosphere, giving off an dancing light show covering the entire night sky.


This video is great when you consider that early humans took the auroras as signs of the existence of god. Today, thanks to science, we know the whole story. It's kind of amazing that now, a space station placed into orbit thanks to billions of dollars, hundreds of million man-hours, and thousands of years of scientific advancement, can fly overhead filming the dancing light so that anyone in the world with a computer or cellphone and a connection to the global network of the Internet can watch.



Uber-scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best: "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. "



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Watch: International Space Station flies over aurora australis
The southern lights are beautifully filmed as the International Space Station flies overhead on orbit around the planet. Check out the video here.