Friday Eye Candy: the Moon and the Terminator

By Tom Yulsman | August 30, 2013 12:34 am
The gibbous moon over Earth's terminator

The moon seems to float over the Earth’s terminator in this photograph taken by Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station on Aug. 24, 2013. (Photograph: Karen Nyberg/NASA)

No need to be looking for Ahhhnold, of course. By “the terminator” in the headline I mean the line separating the sunlit part of the Earth from the nighttime side. And that’s the moon floating just above it.

I spotted this photograph in astronaut Karen Nyberg’s Twitter stream, and I found it so beautiful that I had to share it with you.

It is a waning gibbous moon, meaning it is past full, and the illuminated part is greater than the darkened part.

Make sure to click on the image to see a larger version. You’ll see some white lines in the cloud deck. I’m not sure, but I think those are probably contrails from aircraft.


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  • Rosetta Savelli

    The Karen Nyberg’s photos from Space are really so beautiful ! Especially clouds that Karen loves !

    • Tom Yulsman

      I agree!

      • Rosetta Savelli

        Of course ! Ciao



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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