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Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati Captured in Image from International Space Station

Amazing! Talk about a shout-out...

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured an image of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that was shared on Facebook by NASA Earth. Here's what NASA wrote:


An astronaut on the International Space Station caught this glimpse of the Ohio River, with its sweeping bends and brown color. Cincinnati’s downtown zone—centered on the river bluffs at the point where the Licking River (Kentucky side) meets the Ohio River—is harder to see because cities appear gray and have low-contrast features.

The urban zone straddles two states, spilling into Kentucky as the towns of Covington, Newport, and Bellevue. Green suburbs beyond these downtowns are harder to detect in this early summer shot. Straight lines of the street grid and curved lines in some subdivisions show the extent of the metropolitan area, which covers 325 square kilometers (125 square miles).

Steep bluffs cast long shadows onto the river, especially opposite the airport. The ovals of two stadiums sit along the banks of the Ohio—one for the Cincinnati Bengals and one for the Cincinnati Reds. A barge near the bridges makes its way downstream.

Eight bridges carry highway traffic over the Ohio River. For spaceborne observers, near-vertical views like this can make mountains and bridges seem flatter. In this photo, the combination of a powerful lens and a low sun angle reveals the outlines of the bridges in the shadows projected onto the river surface. The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the Purple People Bridge, is one of the few pedestrian-only bridges over a river in the United States.

Pretty cool, huh?!

If you want to interact with the image and zoom in closer, check out the original post on NASA's website by clicking here.

-Staff report

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