The stunning image of the NASA astronaut captures the “star trails in space” from the ISS

Incredible image of NASA astronaut captures “star trails in space” aboard the International Space Station

  • A NASA astronaut captured an extraordinary image of “star trails” during a mission aboard the International Space Station
  • Curved trails of distant stars and the Earth illuminated by city lights and lightning can be seen in viral photography
  • The image was posted on Reddit on September 11 and received over 68,000 likes and hundreds of user comments

A NASA astronaut captured star trails from space in a stunning image taken aboard the International Space Station.

Donald Pettit, an active American astronaut who traveled on the ISS three separate times, was able to use his free time on missions to take pictures of space from inside the station’s glass dome, known as the dome, which offers epic views. of the cosmos.

He set up his Nikon D3s camera and left it to take a 15 minute exposure shot.

At the top of the image, the white lines show the trails of distant stars, which are curved due to the rotation of the space station as it orbits the Earth.

A NASA astronaut captured star trails from space (at the top of the image above) aboard the International Space Station

The Earth itself is visible in the lower half of the image, with orange streaks of the city lights and countless blue dots, each representing lightning from a storm below.

The image contains a green glow, known as a glow of air, which separates the Earth from space. It is similar in color to the auroras in the night sky, which most people know as the Northern and Southern Lights.

“Auroras are excited by electrons and other solar particles coming down from Earth’s magnetic fields, which is why you see them in the polar regions,” Pettit told Newsweek. “Air glow is everywhere on Earth and molecules in the upper atmosphere are excited by solar activity.”

The image was posted on Reddit on September 11 and received over 68,000 likes and hundreds of user comments.

Donald Pettit (above), who traveled on the ISS three separate times, was able to use his free time on missions to take pictures of space from inside the station's glass dome, known as the dome, which offers epic views of the cosmos

Donald Pettit (above), who traveled on the ISS three separate times, was able to use his free time on missions to take pictures of space from inside the station’s glass dome, known as the dome, which offers epic views of the cosmos

Pettit also explained how astronauts manage to find the time to capture images of the cosmos.

“We work 12 to 14 hours a day six days a week at the station, and outside of that you’re off duty,” he told Newsweek.

‘Outside of your normal business hours, you can do whatever you want, including sleep, eat and stay in touch with your family. And then you can spend that time taking pictures. If I could do a couple of hours of photography a day, it would be a real pleasure. ‘

Pettit posted the image on Reddit on September 11 and received over 68,000 likes and hundreds of user comments

Pettit posted the image on Reddit on September 11 and received over 68,000 likes and hundreds of user comments

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