NASA’s daily image shows the UK, a sunrise and Northern Lights

Everyone everywhere should check out NASA’s image of the day on a daily basis. Some pictures are more exciting than others, but it’s always a good idea to take a few minutes to think about the vastness of the universe — put your problems in perspective, and all.

Today’s image of the day is view of the North Atlantic taken 240 miles above earth by the International Space Station’s crew. It’s unbelievably gorgeous. Here’s more info from NASA:

Flying at an altitude of about 240 miles over the eastern North Atlantic, the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime scene. This view looks northeastward.

The night lights of the cities of Ireland, in the foreground, and the United Kingdom, in the back and to the right, are contrasted by the bright sunrise in the background. The greens and purples of the Aurora Borealis are seen along the rest of the horizon.

This image was almost the 1 millionth image taken from the space station, but it was beaten out one day earlier by shot of the station itself. It’s far less eye-pleasing.