Mind-blowing photos from astronaut Tim Peake show Earth glowing at night from the International Space Station

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Tim Peake floating some fresh fruit.
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British astronaut Tim Peake (whose birthday is today, April 7!) has been orbiting the planet for almost four months aboard the International Space Station, a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit that can sometimes be spotted even with the naked eye.

He’s part of the European Space Agency’s six-month Principia Mission, which has him working to maintain the ISS’ weightless research laboratory and conduct experiments. But he’s also a photographer – and the images and videos he’s taken aboard the ISS are stunning.

Here are a few of our favorites:


Italy at night. You can spot the major cities.

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New Delhi, India, and the Himalayas in South Asia on a moonlit night.

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Progress, a Russian cargo-supply ship, launching into orbit. Progress delivers much-needed supplies to crews stationed aboard the ISS.

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In space, you get to see the moon set. Peake said he was “looking for Antarctica,” but he settled for this moon-set instead.

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Here’s Peake’s view of the lesser-known Aurora Australis, or the southern lights.


Europe at night, with Aurora Borealis — the northern lights — in the background.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, partly covered by clouds.

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Aurora Borealis from the ISS. Stunning.

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The Rio Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina. The water get the bright blue color from glacial sediment.

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Crew members aboard the ISS see 16 sunsets a day in their orbit. Peake posted that this was the most beautiful one he’s seen.

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And here’s a view of some thunderstorms above Sumatra, Indonesia.


The Sahara Desert in Algeria. It almost looks like a painting.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil, a city of over 11 million people, looks tiny from space.

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The bright lights of Europe.

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The green and white lights are all fishing boats off the coast.

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Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko in their “office” aboard the ISS. Happy birthday, Tim!

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