Ever seen an aurora? Ever seen an aurora from space? You have now.
Via the usagov tumblr:
This is an animation of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), eight days after a record-setting solar flare sent a shower of charged particles towards Earth. From Earth, this glowing ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky.
Image captured by NASA IMAGE satellite courtesy of NASA Space Place.
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Moon in the Flame, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Period: Meiji period (1868–1912), Date: 19th century, Culture: Japan, Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper