Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured a stunning view of the February Full Moon this week.
A full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, which happens about every 29.5 days. The Full moon arrives on Wednesday (February 16) at 11:57 a.m. EST (0457 GMT), offering dramatic vistas from Earth and space.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei shared a shot of the full moon from his vantage point on the ISS. The moon glistens above the Earth’s horizon, shining against the dark background of space.
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Incredibly bright when I opened our shadows, the Moon lingered, strutting past. Plenty of time to find good camera settings! Soon we will discover our neighbor again. pic.twitter.com/iHikzSiwAmFebruary 16, 2022
“Incredibly bright when I open our shades, the moon still lingers, stepping through,” Vande Hei wrote on Twitter. “Lots of time to find good camera settings! We’ll be rediscovering our neighbor soon.”
Astronauts in the orbiting lab also enjoyed breathtaking views of Earth’s natural satellite in the days before it reached its zenith. On February 15th, moon was photographed on the Red Sea. This view was taken as the ISS orbited 257 miles (414 km) above the Nile in the African country of Sudan.
Valentine’s Day provided a sweet view of the moon in beeswax on February 14. Astronauts saw the moon rise above Earth’s horizon as the space station orbited Thai Binh. Ocean 261 miles (420 km), off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Wednesday’s full moon joins Mercury, Venus, and Mars in the morning sky. The full moon happens on the same day Mercury reaches its greatest distance, or elongation, west of the sun.
Commonly known as the Snow Moon, February’s full moon has a different number nicknameincluding Bear Moon, Great Moon, Black Bear Moon, and Goose Moon.
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https://www.space.com/february-full-snow-moon-astronaut-photos Astronauts capture the stunning view of the February Full Moon from space (pictured)