Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) recently took some strange pictures of Earth. This photo shows her two unconnected blobs of blue light burning in the planet’s atmosphere.
A significant lightning strike somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand caused the initial flare visible in the image below. Clouds typically block out lightning strikes, making it challenging to observe them from the ISS.
The light from this impact, however, lit the surrounding walls of the caldera-like formation and produced a stunning luminous ring since it happened close to a sizable circular opening covered in clouds.
Moonlight blue blobs
that is warped is responsible for the second blue blob that can be seen in the image’s top right corner. Due to the Earth’s natural satellite’s alignment with the ISS,
sunlight that reflect by the planet passes directly through the atmosphere, rendering it like a pale blue blob with an ambiguous halo.
The Earth Observatory claims that this phenomenon is on by some of the moonlight being disperse by tiny particles in the atmosphere of the Earth.
The wavelengths of various visible light hues vary, which has an impact on how well they interact with air particles.
The moon seem blue in this photograph because blue light, which has the shortest wavelength and is thus most prone to scatter,
Due to the fact that blue wavelengths of sunlight scatter the most and become more apparent to the human eye during the day,
the same phenomenon also explains why the sky appears blue during the day, according to NASA (opens in new tab).
A dazzling Thai artificial light web is also apparent in the image. Vietnam and China’s southernmost island, Hainan, are two more notable sources of light pollution in the photograph,
however these sources are primarily hide by clouds. The margins of the atmosphere, often known as the “edges of the Earth” as seen from space, are the orange halos parallel to the curvature of the Earth, according to the Earth Observatory.