Ever seen an aurora? Ever seen an aurora from space? You have now.
Via the usagov tumblr:
This is an animation of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), eight days after a record-setting solar flare sent a shower of charged particles towards Earth. From Earth, this glowing ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky.
Image captured by NASA IMAGE satellite courtesy of NASA Space Place.
Love this. There's just something about seeing this dance of light from off-planet that really does it for us.