Science and Exploration

Moon and Aurora Over Moscow

By Keith Cowing
June 29, 2014
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Moon and Aurora Over Moscow
Moon and Aurora Over Moscow

This nighttime view featuring the aurora borealis, the moon and Moscow was photographed by an Expedition 39 crew member on the International Space Station.
A thin green line of the aurora borealis crosses the top of this image. The moon appears as a white disc just above the aurora. Airglow appears as a blue-white cusp on Earth’s limb. Russia’s capital city Moscow makes a splash of yellow (lower left), with its easily recognized radial pattern of highways. Other cities are Nizhni Novgorod (lower center) 400 kilometers from Moscow, St. Petersburg (left) 625 kilometers from Moscow, and Finland’s capital city Helsinki.

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