Coastlines of the southern Baltic Sea
An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) took this panorama looking aft of the spacecraft (backwards along the orbital path) as the Sun was setting over the North Sea. Seen from the ISS, the Sun's reflection point moves quickly across the landscape, momentarily lighting up water bodies.
In this fleeting view from 15 June 2014, the coast of southern Norway is outlined near the horizon. The brightest reflection highlights the narrow sea passage known as the Skagerrak-revealing the thin tip of Denmark. Numerous small lakes in southern Sweden appear at image centre, and scattered clouds cast complex shadows on the southern Baltic Sea. The sweeping curves of the sand spit on the Polish coast and the long barrier islands on the Russian coast appear in the foreground, at the edge of the Sun's reflection disc.
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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory