The image, posted to Instagram by the space agency, shows the sun setting over the south Atlantic and emitting a vast sheet of light resembling a flame.
Fiery South Atlantic Sunset! An astronaut aboard the International Space Station photographed a sunset that looks like a vast sheet of flame. With Earth's surface already in darkness, the setting sun, the cloud masses, and the sideways viewing angle make a powerful image of the kind that astronauts use to commemorate their flights. Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere. The lowest layer-the orange-brown line with clouds and dust and smoke-is known to scientists as the troposphere, the layer of weather as we experience it. It is the smoke and particles of dust in the atmosphere that give the strong red color to sunsets. Astronauts see the atmosphere like this roughly every 90 minutes, as they view sixteen sunrises and sixteen sunsets every day. Astronauts often comment on how thin and fragile Earth's atmosphere seems. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #space #iss #spacestation #earth #astronauts #sunset #science
Smoke and particles of dust in Earth’s lowest atmosphere, known as the troposphere, produce the amazing sight when the sun hits it an angle as it sets over the horizon.
Those lucky enough to make it to the ISS are treated to a similar sight every 90 minutes, as they witness 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every Earth day when in orbit.