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PHOTO OF THE DAY: The Southern Lights And The Air Down There
March 13, 2012
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Sure you've seen countless spectacular images of aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights - but what about the light shows that take place on other side of the planet?

Whether the Aurora australis are the victim of hemispheric prejudice by North American media, or just tend to take place in an extremely poorly populated part of the world, they remain a spectacular sight.

The Southern Lights were captured in all of their cosmic glory on the weekend by photographer and astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station:


You don't have to live in polar climes to witness the beauty of the cosmos. This week, viewers on Earth can be treated to the sight of Venus and Jupiter appearing side by side, in an optical illusion that will make it seem like the two planets are nearly touching.

CBC News is asking anyone who manages to catch a picture of the phenomenon - which should be visible until Thursday - to send their photo to

Image: André Kuipers/ESA/NASA

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