Fishing boats pictured from space take on the look of stars in the night sky.
Since the Hubble telescope was created and launched into our atmosphere, stunning images of the cosmos have been the norm.
We live in an age when spectacular illustrations of our home galaxy and galaxies far beyond provide views that we could at one time have only dreamed of. Such is the case of the International Space Station capturing a photo from 250 miles above the planet that appears to be a cluster of stars on earth.
The best part: they’re fishing boats gathered on the darkened sea below. Though it could be mistaken for an image from deep space, the photo captured by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows an unintended beauty right here on earth.
It wouldn’t be the first time that images caught from above caused a stir. In 2013, a satellite photo caught mysterious lights off the coast of Argentina that turned out to be the same thing: fishing vessels that were using a particular set of lights to attract local squid to their nets.
We may travel to space and beyond, but sometimes a reminder of the beauty that is right here on earth can only be seen once we leave it.