Astronaut Basks in Earth & # 39; s & # 39; Glory & # 39; Rainbow from Space Station (photo)

Astronaut Basks in Earth & # 39; s & # 39; Glory & # 39; Rainbow from Space Station (photo)

The astronaut of the European space agency Alexander Gerst saw the space station on 14 September 2018 of an atmospheric phenomenon called glory.

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European astronaut Alexander Gerst was amazed that on September 14, 2018 in the clouds under the international space station, he saw a round, rainbow-like shine – a phenomenon known as a glory.

He cut out a few photo's of the colorful glow and placed the shots on Tuesday (November 6) on Twitter. In a statement, the European Space Agency (ESA) explained the rarity of a glory, which is the result of the dropping of water droplets in a certain way.

Because the phenomenon is dependent on specific atmospheric conditions, it is usually reported at relatively high altitudes by mountaineers and pilots, but usually not as high as the space station. While they live in the circular laboratory, astronauts are about 400 kilometers above the surface of the earth.

ESA has not provided any additional information about how a glory could be so high, but Gerst's image could evoke deeper investigations.

"Sometimes a simple photo can stimulate scientific research or even complete scientific research," according to the ESA statement. "Alexander & # 39; s photo & # 39; s of aurora[s] From his last mission in 2014 we add extra information for researchers who analyze these beautiful atmospheric light shows. "

Analysis aside, let us all take a moment to glory in the beauty of this atmospheric phenomenon.

E-mail Meghan Bartels at mbartels@space.com or follow her @meghanbartels. follow us @Spacedotcom and Facebook. Original article on Space.com.