A friend of mine emailed me this picture of the earth taken during sunset (for that part of the world shown in dark) from the Columbia Space Shuttle on its last mission. I hope the picture is not tweaked or touched up. If not this is a true classic of the yin & yang of our Mother Earth. Night and day captured in one shot.
His email had these little tit-bits of information about the countries covered in the photo. I’ve copied it below.
“The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert .
Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that’s it’s still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Madrid ..
The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar .. The Mediterranean Sea is
already in darkness.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands ; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde Islands.
Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during day time and night time.
To the left, on top, is Greenland , totally frozen.”