NASA Captures the Rising Sun Lighting Up the Midnight Sky

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The International Space Station snapped a particularly beautiful photo of the various layers of our globe's atmosphere with the rising sun peeking out to say hello, while touring over the Greek islands around midnight just a few weeks ago.

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NASA's Earth Observatory, which posted the photo, pointed out the polar mesopheric clouds, or "night-shining" clouds as they called them, which are seen at twilight. Usually the clouds are only lit up by the sun when it's setting, however this particular shot shows the rising sun inking its rays across the low clouds. [Earth Observatory via io9]

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I wonder if scientists working at NASA on projects that involve a lot of photography get desensitized to the beauty they are faced with all the time.