Istanbul ‘shines’ brightly at night in new NASA orbital photo
The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been sharing niceties with Turkey for some time now, and more recently the US institution shared an orbital photograph of Istanbul taken from the International Space Station (ISS) on its social media account with the caption, “Hey Istanbul. You’re shining.”
The photograph, taken on May 10 from the ISS while in orbit 423 kilometers (263 miles) above the Black Sea, has caught the attention of Turkish and foreign users. The photo provided an incredible opportunity to see the night lights of one of Turkey’s most famous cities, divided by the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
It wasn’t the only photo of Turkey taken from the ISS that has gained international attention in recent times, as the photo taken by astronaut Kate Rubins of Lake Van in eastern Turkey on last month was crowned the winner of NASA’s week-long online photography competition.
The photo, taken by Rubins from the ISS on September 12, 2016, showed the lake in eastern Turkey with its swirling azure and azure waters.
These photographs that astronauts regularly take of the ISS are not just for fun and wonder; NASA makes sure they are also used for scientific purposes.
The photographs provide a record to check how planet Earth evolves over time. They allow us to observe the effects of various events, “from human-caused changes such as urban growth and the construction of reservoirs, to dynamic natural events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions.”
NASA has even teamed up with Google on this topic, with the American tech company recently announcing a new feature for its Google Earth app.
In order to vividly illustrate and make visible the effects of climate change on glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world, the app now includes a tool that provides a time-lapse, in s’ drawing on nearly four decades of satellite imagery. .
Google said it worked on the project in partnership with NASA, its European counterpart and several other agencies, in the hope of raising awareness by making the concept of climate change more tangible.