The ISS astronaut showed a bright luminous dot on Earth, which is visible only during the day

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.

Photo: Samantha Cristoforetti / Twitter

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.

Image: Mosessco

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.

frame from video Eyal Shay / YouTube

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!

Samantha Cristoforetti

ISS astronaut

Earlier in August, Samantha showed stunning footage of the auroras.

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