Our Place in the Galaxy

On September 28th, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman took a stunning picture of Earth set against a backdrop of the greater Milky Way galaxy to which our Solar System belongs.  The image was taken from the International Space Station where Wiseman is stationed.

(Image Credit: Reid Wiseman/NASA)

According the Wiseman the orange hue of Earth is from the sand of the Sahara Desert.  It also seems that the blue-purple swirl of the Milky Way is genuine and was not enhanced using false-color techniques.

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