'Out over the blue,' wrote astronaut Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) when posted this image to social media. Kelly is living and working off the Earth, for the Earth aboard the space station (@ISS) for a yearlong mission. Traveling the world about 250 miles above the Earth, and at 17,500 mph, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #spacestation #space #earth #iss #earth #yearinspace
Astronomy Picture of the Day for 14 Feb Sprawling across almost 200 light-years, emission nebula IC 1805 is a mix of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds about light-years away in the Perseus spiral arm of our galaxy.
Clouds of Perseus ~ contains over solar masses of gas and dust, but the eye is drawn to red NGC Known as the California Nebula, its characteristic glow of atomic hydrogen gas is fueled by ultraviolet light from luminous blue star Xi Persei.
Once you zoom in (view from top photo through to bottom one) you can see the tiny plane with its jet stream flying over Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas in this nine mile stretch of the area and stunning cloud shadows on the ocean. The Nasa astronaut aboard the ISS Space Station (orbiting earth since 1998 with six astronauts) had been photographing the island cays and tidal channels between them when he unexpectedly got the plane in shot.