Orbital View: 'There's a Storm Coming, Harry'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

There’s something magical about this shot:

A photo posted by Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) on

“I love this picture taken just before sunset—looks more like a movie scene than planet Earth,” writes British astronaut and test pilot Tim Peake. One commenter thinks Star Wars, while another says the image “looks like the Mad Max scene with the storm.” For me it invokes Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid’s infamous line:

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