NASA shared an image today that an International Space Station astronaut took of a full Moon rising over a frigid Hudson Bay in northern Canada. Looking north from the ISS, you can see Earth’s horizon gradually fade into the darkness of the polar night. This image wasn’t taken at dusk, as these small villages and towns along these shores in Manitoba Province receive just 6 to 7 hours of sunlight each day in December. Read more for a video and additional information.
If you go a bit further north, the Sun will not rise above the horizon again until January. This photo was snapped around 1 p.m. local time, showing just how little sunlight reaches northern Canada during a winter day.
Astronaut photograph ISS061-E-77729 was acquired on December 12, 2019, with a Nikon D5 digital camera using a 50 millimeter lens and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by a member of the Expedition 61 crew,” according to NASA.