European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet often graces Earth with the best outer space views. “These last few days have been auroraspectacular!” Pesquet wrote in a tweet posted on Saturday (Aug. 7). “What a show nature put on for us.”
Auroras paint the sky with eerie shades of greens and reds and occur when charged particles from the sun slam into Earth’s atmosphere. Circling the North Pole, the spectacle is dubbed the aurora borealis or northern lights; the southern equivalent is the aurora australis.
The “southern lights” have been especially beautiful lately, and it’s these that Pesquet has been showing Earth.