An artificial galaxy

It might look a bit like an elliptical galaxy, but this picture is actually of London!

It was taken at night time from the ISS, using a digital camera (though I can’t find the name of the astronaut who took it). You can even see the squiggly line of the M25 (the motorway, not the Messier object), and the dark blob of Hyde Park just southwest of Westminster. Central London really is amazingly bright though…

Views like this are one of the main reasons I’d love to visit the ISS someday. Better yet, imagine being above the UK on Guy Fawkes Night, above America on July 4th or above China for the Chinese New Year…

This gorgeous image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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