Astronaut captures rare red aurora photo

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is spending a year in space and tweeted the photo after witnessing something he’s never seen before.

(MEDIA GENERAL) – NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is spending a year in space and tweeted a spectacular photo of a red aurora after witnessing the colorful scene.

Kelly posted the photo Monday, June 22 writing, “I’ve never seen this before…Spectacular!”

https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly/status/613085235207667716

According to the Washington Post, three coronal mass ejections in the last few days have made their way to Earth to create the geomagnetic storm. The storm was labeled a G4, the second highest on a five-point scale.

Down on Earth, the aurora was best seen in Canada.

https://twitter.com/wwxchaser/status/612958109150150656

Previously, a geomagnetic storm on St. Patrick’s Day brought brilliant colors to Michigan, Wisconsin and as far south as Tennessee.

http://interactives.lintvnews.com/photomojo/gallery/18372/1

As for Kelly, three hours after his first photo was posted he shared another where the red curtain of the aurora could still be seen.

https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly/status/613133769789169666

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