Goodnight Moon

The Moon sets behind Earth's atmosphere

Another stunning view from the Space Station, this photo was taken by Expedition 28 astronaut Ron Garan on July 31, 2011 and shows the Moon seeming to sink into the ocean of air that is our life-supporting atmosphere.

As the Moon passes behind Earth’s limb it appears to get squished because of light being refracted through the atmosphere.

Traveling at over 17,000 mph the ISS astronauts get to witness up to 16 sunsets – and moonsets – every day! Still, each and every one is a beautiful sight to see.

Follow Ron on Twitter @Astro_Ron and on his blog, FragileOasis.org. Even though he returned to Earth last month he’s still sharing awesome photos like this from his 5 1/2 months aboard the ISS!

Image: NASA / Ron Garan

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