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An excellent view of the southern aurora, luminous bands or streamers of
light, in the Southern Hemisphere, as photographed from the Skylab space
station in Earth orbit. The space station was moving into the sunlight when
this picture was taken. This view is near the edge of the aurora cap. The
surface of the Earth is in the foreground. The permanent aurora over the
South Pole is in the background. Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott,
Skylab 3 science pilot, took this photograph with a hand-held 35mm Nikon
camera, with a four-second exposure at f/1.2, using high speed Ektachrome
film. Because auroras are caused by solar activity, they occur at the same
time in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
originally posted by: toysforadults
But it's way easier to just brush it off as conspiracy nutters asking to many questions for clarification.
originally posted by: Cloudbuster
Yes and how come you can see stars, I thought you couldn't see stars in space ? Or is photo not taken far out enough in space to un see the stars?
originally posted by: rickymouse
I have seen both sides of this issue for many years. some astronauts commented how black things were without any stars and others talk about stars. The atmosphere and lensing effect of the planet would actually interact with light to create the star image. Actually, the heliosphere should also produce images of stars because of it's lensing effect.
It isn't really important to me anyway, seems that any lens would generate the image, even the glass on a window or camera.
originally posted by: easynow
Are the SkyLab-3 images the first pictures taken in Space that show Earth's Aurora ?
Just wondering if anyone knows the answer to this question, and if so,
why was it never seen before in earlier space photos,
such as images from the Mercury, Gemini & Apollo missions ?
originally posted by: Saint Exupery
This raises the question; if all of the Soviet / Russian manned missions flew orbits inclined ~51° (which means they flew much further north than the US missions), are there any pictures of the aurora taken by Vostok, Voshkhod or early Soyuz or even Salyut 1?