These mesmerizing photographs of Earth from space are out of this world. Taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station, these images capture the shadows clouds cast from 205 miles above. While cloud gazing is a common -- albeit lazy -- pastime here on Earth, these pictures contain an entirely new perspective of what clouds look like compared to the ones you might see posted on social media.
The German rocket man photographed parts of Earth from space that proved interesting to him, such as islands, Aurora Borealis and the Alps. The long-cast shadows truly exude an otherworldly beauty on another level than shots you might take from outside an airplane window.
More of Gerst's sensationally stellar photography can be viewed on his personal Facebook page.
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