International Space Station shows Earth enveloped in a rare AirGlow

'The orange hue enveloping Earth is known as airglow, diffused bands of light that stretch 50 to 400 miles into our atmosphere,' NASA explained

  • A NASA astronaut captured the stunning photos from the International Space Station
  • The orbiting station is 220 miles above Earth 
  • Phenomenon typically occurs when molecules are energized by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight
  • NASA is about to launch a new satellite to study the phenomenon called Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)
On October 7, 2018, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured this incredible image of Earth while orbiting at an altitude of more than 250 miles over Australia.
It shows a rare phenomenon known as an airglow, coloring the entire sky.
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'The orange hue enveloping Earth is known as airglow, diffused bands of light that stretch 50 to 400 miles into our atmosphere,' NASA explained.
'It can help scientists learn about the movement of particles near the interface of Earth and space, including the connections between space weather and Earth weather.'
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It is the latest in a series of stunning space images.

While sunrises on Earth can be impressive, from orbit, they take on a whole new dimension.
These incredible images, taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst are the latest in a stunning series of images he has taken from the ISS.
However, these are the images that rendered him speechless. 
'I don't know any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise' he said after witnessing the incredible scene.

 Last most he captured amazing images of a super typhoon.
'As if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug,' he wrote.

'Staring down the eye of yet another fierce storm. Category 5 Super Typhoon Trami is unstoppable and heading for Japan and Taiwan. Be safe down there!' 
Gerst attained the unique perspective from 250 miles above the surface, aboard the orbiting International Space Station. 
The stunning photo offers a glimpse into the views seen only by the astronauts on the ISS. 
Gerst is currently leading the Horizons mission on the ISS, in his second stint at the orbiting lab. 


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