NASA space images shows stunning star display over African cities

An image from one astronaut aboard the ISS shows a time-lapse of the night sky atop of Africa. As the ISS travelled over Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo towards the Red Sea, astronaut Christina Koch snapped a trail of lights. The image is made up of over 400 individual snaps over 11 minutes as the space station travelled at 7.66 kilometres per second above Africa.

Ms Koch, who alongside fellow ISS astronaut Jessica Meir recently became the first duo to complete an all-female space walk, uploaded the image to Twitter.

Ms Koch wrote: “City lights, stars, lightning storms, even satellite flares – A composite of individual photos stacked on top of each other to show all the amazing things we see at night out our window.”

NASA said: “This image of star trails was compiled from time-lapse photography taken by NASA astronaut Christina Koch from aboard the International Space Station.

“This composite image was made from more than 400 individual photos taken over a span of about 11 minutes as the station traveled from Namibia toward the Red Sea.

“The image includes many natural and artificial lights that an astronaut may see during an orbit at night.

“On the ground, stationary features like cities appear as pale yellow-white dotted streaks; with each dot marking another frame captured.

“Many of the thinner dotted lines with darker orange hues are fires burning across Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

On Friday, October 19, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first women to complete an all-female space walk.

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