Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have shared some incredible space photos with the Twitterverse — from aerial views of Southern Lights to even out-of-this-world selfies.
But this week, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst shared what he called his “saddest photo yet” — an image snapped above the Middle East. On Twitter, the German-born astronaut explained that the photo shows explosions and rocket fire over Gaza and Israel — where there has been bloody conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.
The landmass in the photo appears to show a sideways view of Israel. As Vox.com reported, north is to the right in the photo and south to the left; so the dark area at the top is the Mediterranean Sea and the brightest spot on the coast is Tel Aviv, which is just 44 miles north of Gaza City.