Now here's a rare 220 mile-above earth view of the aurora australis, the southern hemisphere's counterpart to the northern lights.
In the photo, the constellation Orion is visible in the left corner of the image. Garan tweeted:
@ Astro_Ron : One of the last pictures I took #FromSpace #Aurora - southern lights - dancing with #Orion 9/14/11 18:48 GMT http://t.co/L7CfjJCp
Garan and two of his colleagues, Alexander Samokutyayev and Andrei Borisenko, Russian cosmonauts, landed safely Friday in Kazakhstan. Three astronauts currently remain on the International Space Station.
Garan, a prolific space tweeter, last month took a stunning photo of a shooting star from the ISS.
Love the aurora? Click here for another amazing -- albeit more terrestrial -- photo of the phenomenon.
LOOK: The southern lights, as seen from the International Space Station: