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Look at the ISS image of the Earth illuminated by the Moon | Digital Trends Spanish

the italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has published an amazing image of Earth that it recently captured from the International Space Station (ISS).

Earth bathed in moonlight, as seen from the International Space Station in August 2022.ESA/NASA/Samantha Cristoforetti

While we’ve been treated to many beautiful shots of Earth taken from the space station’s seven-window Cupola observatory over the years, few of the images show our planet illuminated by moonlight. Even better, Cristoforetti’s image also features an aurora, a dramatic swirl of clouds 250 miles below, a host of distant stars, and even part of the space station.

Cristoforetti, who arrived at the ISS in April for a six-month stay, shared the beautiful image with his million followers on Twitter on Tuesday, August 16.

“On those bright nights around the full moon you can see features on the planet’s surface even at night,” he said in the tweet. “From the dome, the view is ‘upside down’: flying above the clouds feels like looking up at the sky from Earth. Cloud watching and star gazing at the same time!”

Cristoforetti’s post was accompanied by a tweet from space enthusiast Huub Eggen, who had rotated the image to show Earth from a more familiar angle.

In those bright nights around the full Moon you can see features on the planet surface even at night. From the Cupola the view is “upside down” – flying above clouds feels like looking up at the sky from Earth. Cloud gazing and stargazing at the same time!

— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) August 16, 2022

“Nature ripples in this time-lapse image taken by @AstroSamantha from the ISS on 10Aug2022 over the southern Indian Ocean (-44.6 83.4). Low pressure area and aurora,” Eggen wrote in his tweet.

The space station travels around the Earth at a speed of 17,000 mph, resulting in one orbit every 90 minutes or so. That means that if an astronaut spent an entire day looking out from the Dome, they would witness 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets, though with full moons only occurring once a month, few of the nightscapes will be as beautiful as this one.

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