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A centuries-old solar eclipse painting
Friday, February 2, 2024: Though this painting may not be a classic Hubble Space Telescope image or International Space Station view that we typically attach to the term “space photo,” it is a cosmic portrait nonetheless.
It feels striking that artist Ippolito Caffi depicted a solar eclipse through his artwork in the 1800’s, attempting to capture the eeriness of our moon crossing between us and the sun. But, moreover, it’s touching to see that a major aspect of this image involves onlookers at the bottom, most of whom are admiring the scene. It’s a beautiful painting and a beautiful sentiment. We’ve always loved to watch solar eclipses.
Earth’s golden glow
Thursday, February 1, 2024: A golden glow illuminates Earth’s horizon in a stunning new image from the International Space Station.
The atmospheric glow, or airglow, captured in the new photo occurs when sunlight interacts with atoms and molecules within Earth’s atmosphere. The new photo, which NASA shared on Jan. 21, shows a bright golden glow arching above Earth, along with an auburn-colored band against the dark contrast of a starry sky backdrop.
The photo was taken at an altitude of 258 miles (415 kilometers) as the orbiting lab flew over the Pacific Ocean northeast of Papua New Guinea, according to a NASA image description. — Samantha Mathewson
Oh no! A black hole spaghettified some of Space.com’s Images of the Day, and there aren’t any pictures from January!
Check out our Image of the Day Archives for more awesome photos.