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Watch the Northern Lights from NASA's SOFIA Observatory


The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) were visible from passenger windows on board NASA's SOFIA as it flew over northern Canada, close to the North Pole, on September 15, 2015. SOFIA observes the universe with an infrared telescope while flying at 40,000 ft. Observations that night included Westerhout 58, a star forming region in the constellation Cygnus, and Elias 3-18, a protostar. Aurora are more easily seen closer to Earth's magnetic poles.