Space station astronaut captures stunning image of Florida at night

Taken on Oct. 13, 2014, by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, astronaut photograph ISS041-E-74232 captures the Florida peninsula at night. [NASA]
Taken on Oct. 13, 2014, by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, astronaut photograph ISS041-E-74232 captures the Florida peninsula at night. [NASA]
Published November 18 2014

The official name, astronaut photograph ISS041-E-74232, does not do justice to the picture.

Taken on Oct. 13 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the image captures the Florida peninsula at night. A string of bright lights follows Interstate 95 up the East Coast from south of Miami to Jacksonville.

Here on the gulf coast, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties illuminate the center of the photo. In the northern part of the state, the lights are spaced far apart; while in the south, it's mostly the darkness of the Everglades.

The photo was shared on NASA's Earth Observatory website, where it is explained that the photo was made using a Nikon D3S digital camera with a 24mm lens.

More images taken by astronauts can be seen at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

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