Everything seems normal, as the Moon drifts below the horizon. Then it suddenly flattens out into a disc and turns bright red. What's going on? It's not editing or animation. What you're seeing is an actual view of the Moon.

So, what makes it so different from the views we're used to seeing? It's all a matter of perspective. This was shot by astronaut Terry Virts on the space station, as a way of showing just how differently the motions of the universe can appear from a slightly different perch.


It's not Virts only strange (but lovely!) "moonset" video. He also shot this previous one last month showing the Moon seemingly disappearing into a bank of clouds.

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