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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS056-E-77502 Date: Jul. 2018
Geographic Region: CANADA-Q

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  Midsummer Sunrise, Gulf of Saint Lawrence

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) focused a camera lens on the Sun's reflection point, roughly 1700 kilometers (1050 miles) to the northeast of the spacecraft's position over Massachusetts at the time this image was taken. This oblique photograph shows the horizon and coastline of the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, with Quebec further inland.

There was only a narrow window of opportunity for this sunglint photograph. The Sun's reflection was moving across the narrows (separating the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador) and in a break between two cloud banks. Clouds are so common in this part of the world that images of the region are not often acquired from the ISS.

From their altitude in the space station, the astronauts were seeing an early sunrise, which was timed at 4:41 a.m. at Goose Bay in Labrador on the day this photograph was taken. The Sun would only rise at 5:20 a.m. for people on the ground in Massachusetts directly below the spacecraft.

Three airplane condensation trails appear in the left half of the image, and another is visible on the right margin. All of them are oriented along the shortest air route to Europe (over eastern Canada), which is one of the most densely travelled air routes between North America and Europe.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 219k
Mission: ISS056  
Roll - Frame: E - 77502
Geographical Name: CANADA-Q  
Center Lat x Lon: 50.7N x 59.2W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 145  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20180705   YYYYMMDD
Time: 081606   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 42.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 73.1W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 46   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 217   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -10   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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