A Stunning Picture of the Earth's Atmosphere Is Better Than Any Sci-Fi

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This image may look like the opening scene from a high-budget sci-fi film, but it is in fact a real photograph, snapped by astronaut Koichi Wakata from the International Space Station.

Captured on February 1st, it shows the crescent moon rising and the stunning cusp of Earth's atmosphere. The beautiful oranges and blue hues are a result of dust and gases , which cause the different layers of the Earth's atmosphere to acts at prisms, filtering out certain colors of light. [NASA]

Image by NASA

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Think about how thick the atmosphere on the earth is compared to the size of the earth. Then consider how tall that really is when you are standing on the ground looking up at a jet that is only a tiny fraction of the way up in it.

The size of the planet is beyond most people to comprehend. Mt. Everest is the tallest thing on the planet. It is unbelievably tall, yet is it not even a bump in a picture like this one.

Makes you think about how much we can really effect something this enormous. Even if we blew the whole place up, how much effect would it really have?