NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station on Aug. 16, 2013. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is proving to be quite the shutterbug. Currently stationed aboard the International Space Station, Wiseman has been shooting the Earth from low-orbit and many of the photos seem to be too detailed and too incredible to be real but they are. Wiseman has been sharing his photos on Twitter and it's highly recommended to follow the astronaut throughout his mission.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this incredible photo of an aurora on Aug. 19. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
As the space station orbits Earth, Wiseman can cover the world during different times of the day. In his most recent set of photos, Wiseman captured images, of Iraq, Iran, the Caspian Sea, Africa, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam in a span of just over 24 hours. The astronauts have a lot of camera gear aboard the space station, including 800 millimeter lenses and full-frame DSLRs, and also some really great technology to aid in taking photos at night.
To improve photos of cities at night, the European Space Agency, ESA, helped develop a motorized tripod, dubbed "NightPod." "This device compensates for the motion of the Space Station by tracking single points on Earth automatically. The subject stays centred in frame so the final image is in focus, " according to the ESA blog post on NightPod. The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth site has a list of the camera gear that has been aboard the space station and detailed technical information on photos taken from space.
One of Wiseman's most popular photos of late, an image of an aurora taken on Aug. 20, was caused by a coronal mass ejection from the sun interacting with the Earth's magnetic field and cause a geomagnetic storm. "The geomagnetic storm passed within 24 hours or so but, while it was ongoing, the solar particles and magnetic fields caused the release of particles already trapped near Earth. These, in turn, triggered reactions in the upper atmosphere in which oxygen and nitrogen molecules released photons of light, " explains NASA.
Here are just a few of Wiseman's best photos from August.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this photo of Las Vegas, using an 800mm lens, on Monday. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman snapped this image of England on Aug. 23. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this photo of the Hoover Dam, using an 800mm lens, on Monday. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Typhoon Halong off the coast of Tawain, taken by Reid Wiseman on Aug. 5. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Australia as seen from low-Earth orbit. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Dubai, including the Palm Jumerirah artificial archipelago, seen at night. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Being at night as seen from space, taken on Aug. 12 Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
An island chain near India, taken on Aug. 13. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman caught this glimpse of the waning supermoon on Aug. 13. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this "lucky" photo on Aug. 15. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Pacific Ocean currents swirling in sunlight, taken on Aug. 16. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took this photo using a 3-second shutter on Aug. 18. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Bangkok at night as seen from space on Aug. 18. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Slow shutter photo taken on Aug. 22. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
Africa (left) and Europe (right) taken by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman on Aug. 23. Photo: Reid Wiseman/NASA
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