This visible light image of the aurora is from the University
of Iowa's Visible Imaging Investigations (VII) Visible Imaging
System (VIS) on board the NASA Polar spacecraft. Note carefully
the continent lines to see what part of Earth you're looking at.
The very bright glow is the daylit side of the planet: you want
to look for auroral arcs: a large ring of light around the North
or South pole.
VII and VIS were designed and built by the Particles and Imaging
research group from The University of Iowa. The Principal Investigator
is Dr. Louis A. Frank and the Project Scientist and Manager is
Dr. John B. Sigwarth.
VIS is one
of 11 instruments aboard the Polar
spacecraft, which is one of two satellites in the Global Geospace
Science (GGS) Program managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
GGS represents a major US contribution to the world-wide International
Solar Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP) Program.