The amazing ‘sunglint’ turns the surface of the sea into a circular silver mirror

This image taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station shows a “solar lens” that has transformed the sea surrounding a pair of Greek islands into a circular silver mirror. (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

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An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) recently captured a stunning image of a “sun lens” that turned the sea’s surface into a swirling silver mirror surrounding a pair of Greek islands. The phenomenon of discoloration, which is caused by the sunLight reflected from the still sea directly into the astronaut’s camera, highlights interesting oceanographic effects on and below the water’s surface.

An unidentified member of the Expedition 67 crew took the photo on June 25 using a digital camera pointing out of the window of the International Space Station. The largest area at the center of the image is Milos, a Greek with an area of ​​58 square miles (151 square kilometers) volcanic The island, and its small uninhabited partner in the west is Antimilos, which has an area of ​​about 3 square miles (8 square kilometers). The silver seas surrounding the islands are the Myrtouan Sea to the northwest of Milos and the Crete Sea to the southwest, both of which are part of the greater Mediterranean. The photo was posted online on September 12 NASA Earth Observatory.