Astronaut Andrew Morgan, floating in the multi-window cupola compartment aboard the International Space Station, used a 16mm fisheye lens to capture a wide-angle view of Africa, the Middle East and the Levant, showing the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the verdant Nile River and delta, the Gulf of Suez, Israel and the Dead Sea, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. While such wide-angle views from the station are more of an exception than a rule, they allow for unique views like this one, encompassing landscapes on two continents. Morgan snapped the picture on 18 August 2019.
If you have never seen the International Space Station (ISS), make the most of clear skies over the next few nights. It’s capable of exceeding Venus at its brightest and visible for up to 7 minutes as it crawls across the sky in an arc from west to east. Find out when and where to see some favourable passes of this 420-tonne, 109-metre-wide spacecraft over the British Isles and Western Europe.
The serene beauty of the International Space Station sailing silently overhead needs nothing more than the naked eye to appreciate. But when the dazzling ISS is also in conjunction with a pair of prominent Solar System bodies — such at the Moon and Saturn on the night of 2 August 2017 in the UK — you may wish to grab your binoculars and look low in the south-southwest just before 11:20pm BST.