Home
  OpticsPOD
  What's New
  Rays & Shadows
    Crepuscular rays
    Anti-crepuscular
    Cloud shadows
    Mountain Shadow
    Earth's Shadow     Blue Sky
    Sunsets
    Sunset Mirages
    Green Flash
    Moonrise/set
       ISS Moonset
          Close up
       Skylab Moonrise
    Opposition effect
  Water Droplets
  Rainbows
  Ice Halos
  High Atmosphere
  Links & Resources
  Search - Index

OPOD



                            

123456789012345678
   Moonset from Earth Orbit 


  An impossible full moon floats in Earths blue atmosphere. In this view of the full moon as seen setting from the ISS, the surface features remain distinguishable in spite of the massive distortion by differential refraction. Near the lower limb the Mare Crisium is highly flattened whereas at top the Mare Imbrium has a semblance of its normal appearance. From Don Pettit's frame ISS-006-E-45773 courtesy NASA.