Every day NASA posts a new astronomy-related picture to their site. I am going to bring them to you in case you forget.
Today’s shot is a beautiful and astoundingly ethereal image of the heavens that cover our still embryonic world. I love this shot. I love the simplicity. I love how it allows you to think what is actually beyond.
Explanation: No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet’s nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside’s upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture actually is a single digital photograph taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles.