My upcoming science fiction series takes place on a space station hotel-casino tethered to the Earth 22,000 miles up. 🙂
Like I said, I love imagining the Earth from space, from high Earth orbit (HEO)!
Would you like to see the Earth from space, if you could?
I’d love to know. Post in the comments below.
Science geek note: My setting is actually in geosynchronous orbit, and not actually in orbit, since its tethered. Not sure there’s a name for that station. More research to do!
It is like geostationary orbit… but if it’s tethered, does that naming convention still apply? I’ll have to ask NASA.
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More About This Image: The Aurora and the Sunrise
(Text from NASA) On the International Space Station (ISS), you can only admire an aurora until the sun rises. Then the background Earth becomes too bright.
Unfortunately, after sunset, the rapid orbit of the ISS around the Earth means that sunrise is usually less than 47 minutes away.
In the featured image, a green aurora is visible below the ISS — and on the horizon to the upper right, while sunrise approaches ominously from the upper left.
Watching an aurora from space can be mesmerizing as its changing shape has been compared to a giant green amoeba.
Auroras are composed of energetic electrons and protons from the Sun that impact the Earth’s magnetic field and then spiral down toward the Earth so fast that they cause atmospheric atoms and molecules to glow.
The ISS orbits at nearly the same height as auroras, many times flying right through an aurora’s thin upper layers, an event that neither harms astronauts nor changes the shape of the aurora.