An astronaut took these amazing photos of the Aurora Australis from space

Over the weekend astronauts on board the International Space Station witnessed incredible scenes of the Aurora Australis, a natural light phenomena native to Australia.

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted photos of the natural light show, over what marked his 141st and 142nd days in space.

Astrologists said the weekend’s dark and wintry weather conditions made for optimal viewing of the Aurora Australis.

“The strength of this Aurora was also helped by the fact that the Sun is just at ‘peak’ in it’s 11-year solar cycle, meaning plenty of wild outbursts that slam into the Earth’s magnetic field and cause the aurora,” Swinburne University researcher at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing Alan Duffy told The ABC.

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