On the night of April 21, the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaked in the skies over Earth. While NASA allsky cameras were looking up at the night skies, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station trained his video camera on Earth below
This is one of a series of photos taken by Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station, showing a shadow of the moon created by the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse, as the shadow spreads across cloud cover on Earth.
Known as wave clouds, these long, semicircular clouds were created by cool dry air coming from over Africa interacting with warm, humid air over the Atlantic Ocean. This image was captured by Aqua on Oct. 9, 2007.
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted in 2010, coating Iceland with ash and repeatedly grounding air traffic in Europe. In this image, taken by Aqua on May 12, 2010, the volcano's ash rises above the clouds.