Christina Koch, one of the NASA astronauts who are currently at the International Space Station, has shared a stunning image of the first meteor shower of 2020.
Koch shared a composite image on Twitter, which shows resplendent lights of several meteors shining brightly in the atmosphere. The green bands of the northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, are also seen in the background.
Can you see shooting starts from space? Turns out, yes! The first meteor shower of the decade and we were lucky enough to catch it from the @Space_StationQuadrantids are known for their bright fireball meteors — larger explosions of light and color that can last longer than an average meteor streak, according to NASA. along with the northern lights. This is a composite image of a few of the #quadrantids as they blazed into the atmosphere. pic.twitter.com/ETdMRK1d86
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) January 6, 2020
The image has been shared over a thousand times and has been liked over 9,000 times on Twitter.
According to NASA, Quadrantids are known for their bright fireball meteors — larger explosions of light and color that can last longer than an average meteor streak.
In December last year, Koch created history by setting a new record for the time spent in space by a woman. She surpassed the record created by Peggy Whitson in 2017, who spent 289 days, 5 hours, and 1 minute in space. She launched to the space station on 14th March and is due to return on 6th February 2020.
If she returns as per her schedule, she would have spent 328 days in space, just 12 days short of the longest single spaceflight by a NASA astronaut – 340 days by Scott Kelly from 2015 to 2016.
The 40-year-old Koch, however, updates her fans regularly on social media with a host of interesting posts, ranging from what astronauts do in their free time in space to what the Earth looks like from the space station.
Have a look at some of her posts here:
It’s the weekend! The question I get the most up here is what do we do in our free time. For me it’s mostly photography, spending time with my crew, reading, and watching sports like surfing and football. Lately I’ve especially been a fan of Sundays. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/8Urv3j5CQf
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) January 3, 2020
Finally found Mount Everest through the lens. Can you? pic.twitter.com/Tq19PgSIpa
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) December 27, 2019
We can’t wait to get more updates from Koch. Follow her on Twitter here to get a peek into these wonderful scientific enigmas.