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Wow! Sochi's Olympic Lights Look Dazzling From Space

Image: The colorful lights of the Sochi Olympics glow in the night, in a Feb. 10 picture from the International Space Station.
The colorful lights of the Sochi Olympics glow in the night, in a Feb. 10 picture from the International Space Station.NASA

The International Space Station's astronauts are snapping fantastic pictures of the Sochi Olympics from 260 miles away. That's how high the orbital outpost was flying above the Russian Black Sea site when the glow of Sochi's night lights was captured this week by a space station crew member, using a Nikon 3DS camera equipped with a 600mm lens.

The brightly lit circular area toward the right side of the image is Sochi's "coastal cluster." You should be able to make out the blue glow of Fisht Olympic Stadium, site of the opening ceremonies, as well as the egg-shaped profile of Medal Plaza. But if you need a little help, check out this daytime satellite view of Sochi, plus this map of the coastal cluster.