This gorgeous swirl of luminescent color in the night sky looks as though it’s a digitally edited desktop background. But it was a real sight for many as a massive geomagnetic storm blazed in the sky last night.
Resulting in solar storms and a breathtaking aurora in the Northern Hemisphere, this category four storm was triggered by an enormous solar flare. Interactions between Earth’s magnetic field and charged particles from the sun caused the lights.
Here are some of the impressive views of the cosmic spectacle as seen by others.
— BreconBeaconsTourism (@BBNatPark) June 23, 2015
— Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) June 23, 2015
— Moe Ali (@Makbulldog) June 22, 2015
And from space, the display was just as striking. Astronaut Scott Kelly, aboard the International Space Station, snapped a shot of his view of the otherworldly-looking aurora.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 22, 2015
Watch this video by Jarrod Castaing that shows a timelapse of the beautiful light show as seen from Sydney’s Bilgola Beach.