Eye Candy from NASA’s Latest Rock Star Photographer

By Tom Yulsman | July 9, 2013 3:11 pm

I was away for the July 4th weekend and missed this awesome Twitpic from NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg. She shot it on July 7 from the International Space Station while over the Canary Islands.

The photograph shows beautiful cloud patterns downwind of the islands including some swirling vortices. About two weeks ago, I posted an image of a cloud vortex off the coast of California. It includes an explanation of what’s known as Von Karman vortices, along with a cool animation. So check it out here.

If you love images of Earth like I do, you’re probably already familiar with the awesome photographic work of Chris Hadfield. He departed from the station on May 13 of this year, and has since retired as an astronaut. On May 28th, Nyberg flew up to the station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft — and she’s been shooting awesome pictures ever since. Here are some additional fabulous ones I found while, scrolling through her Twitter feed:


Sunrise from the International Space Station. (Image: Karen Nyberg, NASA)


Shortly after sunrise over Peru, Chile and Bolivia. (Image: Karen Nyberg, NASA)


The Southwestern United States, with Lake Powell on the Colorado River at center. (Image: Karen Nyberg, NASA)

I can’t wait to see — and post — more images from Nyberg in the coming weeks.

  • Olivia Heartelly

    I am excited to see more upcoming photos! It’s one of a kind photograph that ought to be kept and recollected. The subject alone is already beautiful; it ought not to be expounded.




ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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