Earth - what a beautiful place to live! In our everyday lives, we're so used to seeing our planet from one perspective that we often forget about space and what lies beyond the clouds. Here are a few stunning photos to remind you what our home looks like from a different perspective.
From the International Space Station, the aurora seems to set the Earth alight with green fire.The largest bright spot in the lower left-hand corner is London; across the dark English Channel is Paris. This radar image, captured by the European Space Agency earth observation spacecraft Envisat, shows the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Located in Western Africa, Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Guinea and Senegal. Long linear "avenues" of clouds form over the Bering Sea off of Russia in this satellite image captured on Jan. 4, 2012. These formations, known as "cloud streets," occur when air blows over ice on land and then travels over warmer ocean water, leading to parallel cylinders of spinning air. Can you guess the name of this glacier? Get ready, because it's a mouthful. This is the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland, as seen from space in September 2010. The European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite orbits an icy Earth. The satellite monitors changes in the thickness of marine ice floating in the polar oceans and variations in the thickness of the vast ice sheets that overlay Greenland and Antarctica. This is a view from the International Space Station taken in September 2011. The Northern Lights hover over Canada, while the largest bright spot near the center of the photo is Chicago (You can see Lake Michigan as a big dark spot bordering the city). An explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, marking the beginning of a three-month-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed the underside of the shuttle over the south end of Isla de Providencia, about 150 miles off the coast of Nicaragua. Silhouetted against Earth's atmosphere, the Space Shuttle Endeavour cuts a striking figure in this 2010 photo taken from the International Space Station. The sun sets over western South America in this photo taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). a NASA satellite captured this image of three angry sisters in the western Pacific Ocean. This trio of storms formed within three days of each other. The youngest storm, Typhoon Bopha (top) is barely organized into a tropical storm, with no eye and only the most basic round shape. Tropical Storm Maria (bottom right) is a day older and has formed a central eye and a spiral shape. The most powerful of the triplets, Typhoon Saomai (bottom left) is fully formed and roaring with winds around 85 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour). Wave clouds form in the wake of Île aux Cochons, or Pig Island, in the southern Indian Ocean. These unusual clouds form when winds run into the high summit of the island, pushing hot, moist air upward until the air cools and the moisture condenses into clouds. As the air mass descends past the summit, it hits alternating layers of moist and dry air, creating the wave-like cloud pattern seen in this astronaut photograph. source - http://www.livescience.com/
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