Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who is currently on the ISS, continues to delight her social media followers with new photos. In May, she showed what a lunar eclipse looks like from orbit, and now shared pictures of the earth’s surface with an “intriguing sight” – a very bright dot that can be seen during the day.
This bright light is located in the middle of the Negev desert in the Middle East, in Israel. Samantha did not hide the intrigue and immediately wrote that this was a solar power plant.
More specifically, it is the Ashalim solar thermal plant, which has 50,600 computer-controlled heliostats and a 260-meter energy tower in the center, reminiscent of the Eye of Sauron.
The solar tower uses molten salt, allowing the plant to operate up to 4.5 hours after sunset. The total power of the entire station is 121 megawatts.
So unusual to see man-made lights during the day!
Earlier in August, Samantha showed stunning footage of the auroras.
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