Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunset Over South America


Photographed by the Expedition 27 NASA Crew in the International Space Station, this beautiful picture of the sun-setting over South America is an enchanting view. Taken at 7:37pm local time, this picture was the best of sixteen sunrises the crew sees each day. This is what NASA writes about it:
Layers of Earth’s atmosphere, colored bright white to deep blue, are visible extending across the horizon. The highest cloud tops have a reddish glow from the direct light of the setting sun while lower clouds are in twilight. The Salar de Coipasa, a large salt lake in Bolivia, is dimly visible on the night side of the terminator. The salar provides a geographic reference point that allows the location and viewing orientation of the image to be determined.

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