What does the Earth look like from orbit with the “fish eye” effect

The crew on board the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 400 km shared a rare view from the orbital outpost showing our planet in full from horizon to horizon. The video was taken by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti using a fisheye lens.

Photo of the Earth from the fisheye lens. Photo: NASA

Thanks to the wide-angle view, a surface distance of 7000 km was covered. The video starts slightly south of Ireland, then passes through France, the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Sicily, the Nile River and the Red Sea before reaching the Horn of Africa.

“Fly with me! From Ireland to the Horn of Africa through a fish-eye lens. It slightly distorts the geometry, but allows me to show you almost the entire view that we see from the space station, from horizon to horizon!” wrote Cristoforetti on Twitter accompanying the video. 

Approximate route of the ISS from southern Ireland to the Horn of Africa with a length of 7000 km

Cristoforetti has been constantly informing her Twitter followers about the activities on the space station since entering orbit five months ago. In addition to tips for those wishing to become astronauts, past publications have also included a beautiful view of the Earth illuminated by the moon, a lunar eclipse from space, as well as a fascinating snapshot of the “White Night” from orbit, showing how the Sun sometimes does not set for astronauts on the station. Cristoforetti even reproduced a moment from the popular 2013 space movie “Gravity“. The astronaut also sometimes notices strange objects on the surface of the Earth, intriguing subscribers.

Earlier we reported how an astrophotographer created a giant 145 MP photograph showing the Sun in incredible detail.

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