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| | Space on Feb 07, 2014

View from space: Crescent moon and Earth’s atmosphere

Astronaut’s view of crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere.

How gorgeous is this?

On February 1, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this view of a crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere.

Image credit: NASA

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You see the distinct colors layers in our planet’s atmosphere because the dominant gases and particles in each layer act as prisms, filtering out certain colors of light.

Via NASA