WATCH: Rocket Causes Mesmerizing ‘Space Jellyfish’ Over the Northern Lights

by Shelby Scott

Our atmosphere is comprised of many strange and unique components. These components give us things such as the extraordinary Northern Lights. Occasionally, human interference sometimes causes those phenomena to act a little strange. Most recently, a rocket launch over Russia resulted in strange space jellyfish as emission gases collided with the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights captured within the clip possess their own beauty. The timelapse highlights the mesmerizing ebb and flow of the green glow seated over the country’s White Sea. As we wait for a view of the “space jellyfish,” the resulting image is not at all what we expect. Or at least, it’s not what I expected.

Since the space jellyfish resulted from a rocket launch, we might assume the bright white light would soar upwards with the rocket. However, the resulting footage proves quite the opposite.

And with a little help from the New York Post, viewers may more clearly comprehend what exactly takes place between the Northern Lights and the colliding jellyfish.

A brief caption states, “The phenomenon was caused by sunlight reflecting off the plume gases emitted by a rocket launch.”

So essentially, as the unviewable rocket launches upward, the resulting emission from exhaust (or whatever the equivalent may be for a rocket) traveled downward.

As the emission met with the components of the enchanting green hue, the result was our bright white space jellyfish.

Matter Creates the Magical Northern Lights

In much the same way that rocket emissions colliding with the Northern Lights gave us an intriguing space jellyfish, the Northern Lights result from colliding particles originating from the sun and entering our atmosphere.

Whether at the North Pole or the South Pole, the resulting lights occur in exactly the same fashion. The brilliantly colored hues form due to a collision between electrically charged sun particles and nitrogen and oxygen particles here on Earth. If it weren’t for science, we wouldn’t have access to such mesmerizing works of nature. And I suppose we wouldn’t be here at all to see it in the first place.

While Russia’s view of the Northern Light’s space jellyfish is remarkable, we’ve recently received images highlighting the beauty of the Southern Lights.

Unfortunately, no space jellyfish feature in the following image. However, the latest Southern Lights display remains unique. International Space Station-based astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured an equally beautiful view from outer space.

Interestingly, this particular image of the Southern Lights captures a blue hue rather than the green one depicted in the North. The astronaut highlighted the uniqueness of the blue lights as he wrote, “What’s next Mother Nature? A yellow one? A giant rainbow?”

What a sight to imagine. Regardless, science provides the answers for this unique occurrence. Pesquet revealed the lights turned blue due to moonlight reflecting on the clouds above.