Astronaut snaps spectacular shot of crescent moon glowing over stunning sunset

Astronaut photograph ISS066-E-86969 taken aboard the ISS on Dec. 6, 2021. (Image credit: NASA’s Earth Observatory)

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has captured a stunning photo of a crescent moon above Earth as the last light of the setting sun shines through the different layers of the atmosphere. 

The photo was taken Dec. 6, 2021, by an unnamed member of the Expedition 66 crew — a group of seven astronauts from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russia’s State Space Corporation, Roscosmos. The image was taken using a digital camera as the ISS passed over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand at an altitude of around 262 miles (422 kilometers).