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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Photo of the day – Auckland from space

The photo above was taken by US Astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station. He shared it yesterday on Twitter. It was a cloudless day as the station passed overhead, allowing for that awesome photo.

The picture as originally shared was looking from the North, which made it appear upside down, compared to the way we’re accustomed to looking at maps. So I flipped the photo above the “right” way round. You can see the original in the link to Twitter or on Stuff.

As I said a few years ago, there’s no such things as “up” or “down” in space, and how we look at the earth is literally and figuratively a matter of perspective, and so is what is “correct” (which was the real point of that 2011 post).

In any case, whether we look at the photo as Scott Kelly shared it, or the “right” side up, it’s still a fascinating look at Auckland from a very long way up.

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