An item on my wish list: See a sunrise from orbit.

Sunrise from Orbit

Earth’s atmosphere scatters out the blue from sunlight. The scattered light makes the atmosphere look blue, but the sunlight has all of its blue photons scattered out from it, giving it that distinctive sunset orange colour. It’s somehow even more apparent when seen from space like this. Billions of molecules scattering trillions of photons lighting up Earth’s atmosphere like a jewel in the night as you pass out from behind the planet’s shadow.

Breathtaking.

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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  1. Pingback: [OBSCURA] Orbital Sunrise | A Bit More Detail

  2. Reblogged this on History and Futility and commented:
    Stunning.

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