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