Space view1NASA released an amazing picture of south-western Saudi Arabia, reported Akhbaar24. The picture was captured on the night of on 26 July, this year by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Majed Abu Zahera, president of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah explained that the picture showed a number of dark clouds partially covering some areas. Bright city lights of Jeddah, Mecca, and Taif can be seen on the left side of the image. Khamis Mushait and Abha are seen as brightly lit spots, while the long orange line of lights parallel to the Asir Mountains is that of the highway connecting Mecca to Abha and Al-Baha. The bright yellowish-orange spot over Abha is the area connecting Khamis Mushait with north-eastern Saudi Arabia. The smaller and duller blue line of lights are that of the smaller roads along the coast of Red Sea.

Majed Abu Zahera added that the image was taken using a camera with a 50-millimeter lens as part of a support program that helps astronauts capture high-definition pictures of the planet. These pictures are available to both scientists and the public.

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(Images courtesy: Akhbaar24)