This photo isn’t all that new, but I am amazed every time I see it.  If you haven’t seen this on the web yet, it is the Southern Lights– Aurora Australis — captured on film by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last month.  I always imagined the complete awe one must feel when orbiting the planet, so I am not sure what it would feel like to look out the window and see giant green bands arcing across the sky.  Check out this article at if you want to learn some science about it.

Personally, I think it looks a lot like the energy ribbon that held Guinan and some of her people captive in the “Nexus” in Star Trek: Generations.  But then, I’m a Sci-Guy and manage to see a galactic threat around every corner.  If we suddenly lose contact with the ISS, I recommend looking for an alternate dimension located within the ribbon.

By Sci-Guy-Mike

4 Responses to “Aurora Australis = Unbelievably Awestriking”

  1. Sci-Guy-John

    This kind of freaks me out.

  2. Thesqum

    I thought Guinans people where wiped out by the Borg , she just hung about in the nexus for a while.

  3. Sci-Guy-Mike

    @Thesqum: quite true. I’ve changed the story to reflect that. Guinan and some other refugees were simply trapped in the nexus… the Borg did the wiping out.

  4. Sci-Guy-Jim


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