Clouds Cast Thousand-Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station
One of six astronauts currently on board the International Space Station, geophysicist Alexander Gerst spends much of his free time staring out the window as the world zooms by 205 miles below, camera in-hand. Since arriving at the ISS in June of this year Gerst has taken tons of photographs that document hurricanes, floods, dust storms, and oil fields.
One of his favorite things to shoot are the shadows cast by clouds, something that appears surprisingly dramatic from space. Dense cloud formations can create long shadows that stretch for thousands of miles across the Earth’s surface as they eventually disappear into a black horizon. You can see new photos from Gerst daily on Twitter.
RISOUL, FRANCE - JULY 19: Rafal Majka of Poland and Tinkoff-Saxo crosses the finish line to win the fourteenth stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 177km stage between Grenoble and Risoul, on July 19, 2014 in Risoul, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) (via Rafal Majka of Poland and TinkoffSaxo crosses the finish line to win… News Photo 452382632 | Getty Images)
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France’s Samuel Dumoulin rides with his daugther as he takes the unofficial start of the 177 km fourteenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 19, 2014 between Grenoble and Risoul, central eastern France. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images) (via France’s Samuel Dumoulin rides with his daugther as he takes the… News Photo 452379234 | Getty Images)