Southern Lights: Beauty from the other end of the world

Southern Lights as seen from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on July 15, 2012. (Photo: Jeff Fogg)

We've been blessed recently with rare displays of the Northern Lights around the Pacific Northwest.

How about the view from the other end of the world?

Jeff Fogg, who is from Issaquah, is working down at McMurdo Station on Antarctica.

As we got our display on July 15, he was getting quite the display of the Southern Lights down there.

The gallery on the left shows how the display moved through several colors of the spectrum as they danced along the horizon.

Just "up the road a bit" in New Zealand, the show was equally as impressive:

And then going "up the planet a bit", here is the view from the International Space Station:

In this image provided by NASA the Expedition 32 crew onboard the International Space Station, flying an altitude of approximately 240 miles, recorded a series of images of Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, on July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA, Joe Acaba)

These displays -- both Northern and Southern -- should become more frequent as the sun heads toward is solar maximum (likely 2013) in its 11 year cycle of sun activity.