Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) captured stunning views of February’s full snowy moon this week.
Full moons occur when the moon is on the far side of the Earth from the sun, which happens approximately every 29.5 days. The Snow full moon Arrived Wednesday (February 16) at 11:57 AM EDT (0457 GMT), offering stunning views of Earth and space.
NASA astronaut Mark Vandy Hey Share a picture of the full moon from its viewpoint on the International Space Station. The moon overlooks the Earth’s horizon, shimmering against the dark background of space.
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The moon was shockingly bright when our shadows opened, and it kept rolling. Lots of time to find good camera settings! Soon we will explore our neighbor again. pic.twitter.com/iHikzSiwAmFebruary 16, 2022
Shockingly shining when our shadows opened, the moon shadows rolling, “Vandy Hee wrote on twitter. “Lots of time to find good camera settings! We’ll be exploring again soon.”
Astronauts in the orbiting laboratory were also treated to stunning views of Earth’s natural satellite in the days before it reached peak fullness. on February 15 the moon Filmed over the Red Sea. This view was captured when the International Space Station was orbiting 257 miles (414 kilometers) above the Nile River in the African country of Sudan.
Valentine’s Day brought a wonderful view of the rising humping moon on February 14. Astronauts saw the moon rising above Earth’s horizon, as the space station orbited 261 miles (420 km) over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The full moon on Wednesday was accompanied by Mercury, Venus and Mars in the morning sky. The full moon happened on the same day Mercury It has reached its greatest distance, or elongation, west of the sun.
Commonly referred to as the snow moon, the full moon of February has a few other types nicknamesincluding Bear Moon, Great Moon, Black Bear Moon, and Goose Moon.
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