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Friday, November 20, 2020


Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL, MISR Team. 

Foto Friday is an occasional series appearing on, a daily online magazine style blog. Presented will be a single photo(or more) per blog of intellectual or artistic interest running the gamut of subjects from Alaska to Ziegfeld. 

GUEST BLOG / NASA--With the Seward Peninsula of Alaska to the east, and Chukotskiy Poluostrov of Siberia to the west, the Bering Strait separates the United States and the Russian Federation by only 90 kilometers. It is named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering, who spotted the Alaskan mainland in 1741 while leading an expedition of Russian sailors. 

This view of the region was captured by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectro radiometer’s (MISR’s) vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on August 18, 2000. The boundary between the US and Russia lies between Big and Little Diomede Islands, which are visible in the middle of the Bering Strait. 

The Arctic Circle, at 66.5 degrees north latitude, runs through the Arctic Ocean in the top part of this image. This circle marks the southernmost latitude for which the Sun does not rise above the horizon on the day of the winter solstice. At the bottom of this image is St. Lawrence Island, which is part of Alaska and home to Yupik Eskimos. 

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, Col. Jeff Williams, USA retired, are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it. NASA video: Click here


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