Nasa ISS astronaut reveals stunning image of Earth glowing green as a solar storm bombards the planet

Floating above Earth on the International Space Station offers some spectacular views, but recent solar activity has taken this to new extremes.

Nasa astronaut Bob Hines has tweeted images of Earth glowing green as solar wind bombards our planet’s magnetic field.

Earth can be seen glowing green in the amazing snapshots taken from the ISS

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Earth can be seen glowing green in the amazing snapshots taken from the ISSPhoto Credit: Bob Hines/NASA

Hines tweeted: “Absolutely SPECTACULAR Auroras today!!!

“Grateful for the recent solar activity that has resulted in these wonderful sights!”

He shared four stunning images of the earth glowing in green glory.

The green glow is an aurora, just like the Northern Lights.

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Any solar flare or flare that shoots through space and hits Earth can trigger a geomagnetic storm.

One good thing about solar storms is that they can create very beautiful natural displays of light.

We can see these auroras from certain locations on Earth.

It’s better to spot auroras at the Earth’s poles, but sometimes a powerful solar flare can produce them over the UK and US.

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are the result of electrically charged particles from the Sun striking gaseous particles in our planet’s atmosphere.

Color variations occur when different types of gas particles collide with the charged particles.

The aurora’s most common color is green, formed when oxygen molecules react with the particles about 60 miles above the ground, while nitrogen causes a blue or purple hue.

Hine’s photos offer a new perspective, as auroras are even more spectacular when viewed from Earth.

Cloudy weather and light pollution can disrupt our view from the ground.

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Earth is expected to be hit by multiple solar storms, space weather experts have warned.

We could see a strong solar storm over the next few days, as well as some mild ones, according to Science Alert.

Nasa astronaut Bob Hines described the sight as "spectacular"

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NASA astronaut Bob Hines described the sight as “spectacular”Photo Credit: Bob Hines/NASA
Aurorae occur when the solar wind meets the Earth's magnetic field

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Aurorae occur when the solar wind meets the Earth’s magnetic fieldPhoto Credit: Bob Hines/NASA

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Chris Barrese

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