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People baffled after seeing photo of what sunset looks like from space

People baffled after seeing photo of what sunset looks like from space

It's certainly out of this world.

Sunset photos are always a hit, and they look stunning no matter where they're taken. But a sunset shot from space? That's next-level.

A photo shared on r/interestingasf*ck on Reddit shows that anything seen from outer space can top our sunset photos here on Earth.

The viral photo shows streaks of red and orange clouds slicing vertically across Earth - a whole new level of delight to 'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.'

One amazed viewer wrote: 'Crazy how I’ve never seen a picture of that before.'

AerialPerspective Images/Getty
AerialPerspective Images/Getty

Questioning how it works, another asked: 'so is it like this big red beam that just moves around the earth?'

The answer lies in physics, something called refraction. 'Red wavelengths are longer and are not apparent normally outside dusk and dawn. That's because the white light from the sun has an sneaky angle that it slips into,' put by a knowledgable person.

Meanwhile, one user acknowledged the vastness of the snapped photo and our home planet, noting: 'Same here. I don't think I've ever considered what it would look like from up there and it just makes me feel so small.'

A fan, clearly into their sci-fi genre, added: 'Looks a bit like the starkiller base in star wars.'

Finally, one appreciated the ISS photos over time and replied: 'Crazy how the first photo of earth was only 74 years ago.'

This is true and since then photos from space have always baffled us Earthlings showing us all just how fragile our little planet really is.


Crazy photos of astronauts freefalling or the first photos of the Moon all look spectacular - all aged like fine wine.

For background knowledge of the photo, this incredible sunset snap was taken by ISS ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst who captured this photo of clouds glowing by the setting Sun as night fell behind them.

The photo was taken and shared back in 2019 when Gerst set a new ESA astronaut record for spending 362 days in space, bringing with him a collection of stunning images from his trip.

He returned on December 20th 2018 and reportedly, has his favourite food served aboard Lufthansa flights.

Fun fact: Astronauts aboard the ISS see 16 sunrises and sunsets per day but due to their high orbital velocity (greater than 28,000 km per hour), they only last a few seconds.

Featured Image Credit: AerialPerspective Images/Getty / ESA