ISS Astronauts Capture Stunning Time-Lapse Footage of Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, illuminate the night sky near Kirkenes in northern Norway, November 12, 2015. NASA has released time-lapse footage to show the remarkable phenomena. Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty

This is the stunning view astronauts aboard the International Space Station have of the Northern Lights.

The film, released by Nasa, uses time-lapse footage to show the remarkable phenomena, which occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in Earth's magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.

Auroras in the northern hemisphere are called "Aurora Borealis" or "northern lights."

Auroral displays can appear in many vivid colors, although green is the most common.

Went to close the shutters last night and saw this amazing #aurora Australis

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Colors such as red, yellow, green, blue and violet are also seen occasionally.

The auroras can appear in many forms, from small patches of light that appear out of nowhere to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an incredible glow.