Nighttime photo reveals Olympic glory from space

12 Feb 2014

Image via NASA

A lot of photos are capturing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, from the ground, but a scientific team has taken photography of the event higher – way higher – capturing a nighttime view of the city from space.

US space agency NASA and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team are behind the photograph snapped by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

The satellite image shows the city of Sochi along the Black Sea coast. The bright circle near the centre of the photo is Sochi Olympic Park, where the opening ceremony for the Games was held last Friday.

Fisht Olympic Stadium and the Olympic flame are visible in the photo, as well, NASA said.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics run until 23 February.

Here’s a closer look at the photograph:

Sochi from space

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic