Nasa astronaut captures Aurora Borealis from space

(REUTERS) - A stunning display of Aurora Borealis was captured by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly from Aug 15 to 17 from the International Space Station (ISS).

Videos and photographs posted to Twitter by Mr Kelly showed the colourful gases drifting over the Earth.

He is currently on a one-year mission onboard the ISS and celebrated Day 142, on Aug 16, by tweeting: "Day 142. Weekend is fading, but #Aurora is not. Good night from @space_station! #YearInSpace".

Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights as it is known in northern parts of the world, is the result of collisions between the Earth's gaseous particles and matter released by the Sun's atmosphere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The collisions can jar the magnetosphere around the Earth's north and south poles, releasing colourful streams into the sky. The phenomenon of Aurora is mainly seen over the Arctic and Antarctic regions.