Even back on solid ground, Thomas Pesquet sends us pictures of space.

The French astronaut posted a video on his Twitter account on Sunday showing the flyby of an aurora borealis while he was aboard the International Space Station, reports the

Huffington Post.

Thomas Pesquet had to wait to finish the Alpha mission to recover these exceptional images.

“Here is an aurora borealis crossed just before the return, the most intense that we have seen in six months”, comments the astronaut.

The video of less than a minute is accompanied by classical music illustrating the spectacle of this natural phenomenon which can only be observed above the poles.

Colorful hues at the North and South Poles

This is an aurora borealis.

An atmospheric phenomenon specific to the northern hemisphere which is observed in certain regions: Iceland, Scandinavia, Greenland, northern Canada and Alaska.

At certain times of the year, the sky takes on extremely colorful hues.

If green predominates, these nocturnal streaks can also reveal blue, orange or even pink.

In the southern hemisphere, the phenomenon is called aurora australis.

Among the hundreds of photos shared by Thomas Pesquet since his two space trips, there are several images or videos of the aurora borealis.


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