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   Photo ID:

   STS039-377-013   


   Program:

   Shuttle   


   Mission:

   STS-039


   Date Taken:

   1991-05-06


   Film Type:

   35mm

Title:
Aurora Australis, Spiked and Sinuous Red and Green Airglow
Description:
In This distant view of the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights (location unknown), a spiked and sinuous band of red and green airglow above the Earth Limb is highlighted by moonglow. Auroral activity is due to exitation of atomic oxygen in the upper atmosphere by radiation from the van Allen Radiation Belts and is most common above the 65 degree north and south latitude range during the spring and fall of the year.
Subject Terms:
AURORAS EARTH LIMB EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) STS-39
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