Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) captured breathtaking views of February’s full snow moon this week.
Full moons occur when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, which happens approximately every 29.5 days. the full snow moon arrived Wednesday, February 16 at 11:57 a.m. EST (04:57 GMT), offering striking views of Earth and space.
NASA astronaut Marc Vande Hei shared a photo of the full moon from his vantage point on the ISS. The moon peeks above the Earth’s horizon, shining against the dark space background.
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Shockingly bright as I opened our blinds, the Moon lingered, strutting. Lots of time to find good camera settings! Soon we will explore our neighbor again. pic.twitter.com/iHikzSiwAmFebruary 16, 2022
“Amazingly bright as I opened our blinds, the moon lingered, strutting,” Vande Hei wrote on Twitter. “A lot of time to find good camera settings! Soon we will explore our neighbor again.”
Astronauts in the orbiting lab were also treated to breathtaking views of Earth’s natural satellite in the days leading up to its peak. On February 15, the moon was photographed over the Red Sea. This view was captured as the ISS orbited 414 kilometers above the Nile in the African nation of Sudan.
Valentine’s Day brought a sweet sight of the waxing gibbous moon on February 14. Astronauts watched the moon rise above Earth’s horizon as the space station orbited 420 km above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Wednesday’s full moon was accompanied by Mercury, Venus and Mars in the morning sky. The full moon occurred on the same day that Mercury reached its greatest distance, or elongation, west of the sun.
Commonly referred to as the Snow Moon, the February full moon has a few other nicknames including Bear Moon, Great Moon, Black Bear Moon, and Goose Moon.
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