Southern Italian Peninsula by Night from Space {Photo of the Day}

Taken aboard the International Space Station, this beautiful photo shows the boot of Italy lit up at night, outlining what would otherwise have been indistinguishable from the black sea around it.

According to NASA, “the International Space Station (ISS) was located over an area of Romania, close to the capital city of Bucharest (approximately 945 kilometers to the northeast) at the time this image was taken. Part of a solar panel array on a docked Russian spacecraft is visible in the foreground. The distance between the image subject area and the position of the photographer, as well as the viewing angle looking outwards from the ISS, contributes to the foreshortened appearance of the Italian Peninsula and Sicily.”

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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