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Could Earth’s auroras help us study aerial life?  Footage from the International Space Station and ground photography reveal what may be living things…

Auroras are glowing waves of charged particles flowing through earth’s atmosphere. Rich resources and unique lighting conditions may reveal lifelike objects moving there.

Earth tumbles around the sun, buffeted by unthinkably immense forces. Radiation from the sun pours into earth’s atmosphere and energizes particles there. These give off that energy in the form of light.

From below we call them the Northern Lights or the Southern Lights.

From above, as seen by the Space Shuttle and Space Station, auroras are vast rippling cascades of charged particles in our atmosphere, with varying mixtures of water, minerals, and energy resources – a multitude of potential habitats.

Perhaps auroral light can reveal objects drawn to those resources.

In 2010, Norwegian rocket scientist Per-Arne Mikalsen photographed the Northern Lights.


© Per-Arne Mikalsen / used with permission

He saw an object in one picture.


The object looks like a giant jellyfish.

Some say this is a flare of light in the lens. Some say it is a reflection caused by a nearby satellite.

Perhaps it actually is a giant aerial jellyfish-shaped organism.

Footage from the International Space Station’s Mission 30 in 2012 shows a group of pulsing objects dashing off from the aurora as the ISS approaches.


Like many objects reported in the sky, these avoid contact and depart as people approach.

Is the object photographed by Mikalsen a closer view of one of those objects?


This picture from Space Station Mission 13 shows another unusual object in the aurora.



If we more closely observe the valleys and ridges of auroras, we may see other lifelike objects.

Considering auroras as potential habitats may lead to wonderful discoveries!

If you know of any other unusual objects seen around auroras, please let us know in the comments.


Looking for Life Above