National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) left its followers star-struck this weekend as it shared the nocturnal view of Moscow from space. Taking to Instagram, NASA shared a night view of the Russian capital city covered with miniature city lights. And it was not only this, the picture became even more special as the magical green aurora borealis emerged in the background, enhancing the beauty of the capture.
The American space agency described the image as, “Twilight from the misty skies.” The caption further mentioned that the city lights of Moscow and its suburbs seemingly branch out towards an aurora in this stunning photograph, taken from the International Space Station (ISS) when it was orbiting 263 miles above the Volga River in Russia. NASA also mentioned in its caption that the Volga river is considered the longest river in Europe that flows through Central Russia to Southern Russia and into the Caspian Sea. Sprinkling another fun fact, NASA wrote that the Volga river freezes for most of its length for three months every year and some of the biggest reservoirs in the world can be found along the river.
The post has garnered over 7,35,565 likes since it was shared on Saturday as netizens type in their reactions in the comment section. One of the comments read, “That’s so pretty, NASA, “While another star-struck user commented, “Amazinggggggg. Take me there please.”
Earlier this year in January, the International Space Station had shared a similar view of citylights with the natural auroras in the background. In a series of four pictures, ISS showed how the planet Earth offers some of the most stellar views at night when looked at from space. As the ISS’s orbit ventured as high as 51.6 degrees above the equator, Earth offered some awe-inspiring views of cities at night with aurora in between the city lights and the twinkling stars.
The northern lights or the aurora borealis are visible from countries that are closer to the Arctic circle or the North Pole. This spectacular natural phenomenon can be best viewed from Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
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