This space photo of Dubai is one of NASA's best

The night-time image has made a shortlist of the best astronaut photos of the year.

Meryl D'Souza January 3, 2017

In an era where everyone’s looking to bolster their Instagram accounts with the best images they can muster on their DSLRs and phone cameras, NASA’s astronauts have the edge over everyone thanks to being literally out of this world. 

Orbiting about 410 kilometres above the Earth’s surface, the International Space Station serves as the perfect vantage point that helps astronauts take daily photos out of their perch in low Earth orbit. 

In fact, the ISS produces so many photos that the Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit of the Johnson Space Center helps determine the images required and coordinates projects with other agencies. More often than not – apart from being useful in documenting urban expansion and natural disasters – these images are stunning.

Thankfully, the good people over at NASA realised it would be a crime to have these images and not share them with the rest of the world. Which is is why the ESRS recently released a video of its 16 favourite images of Earth taken from the ISS over the past year.

Proof, if any was still needed, that our Earth is a diverse and stunning planet. See for yourself below.