Fisheye on the Sinai

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Astronaut Andrew Morgan took this wide-angle photograph from the center window of the International Space Station (ISS) dome in August 2019. Soyuz capsule and the Canadarm2 frame this picture of the southeastern Mediterranean coastline. The 16mm fisheye lens, although rarely used, allows for a unique view encompassing landscapes of two continents – the Nile Delta in Africa and the Sinai Peninsula and Levant in Southwest Asia.

The Nile Delta formed where the Lower Nile flows north into the Mediterranean Sea. This fertile and vegetated region contrasts sharply with the surrounding desert; it has been the center of agriculture in the region for thousands of years. East of the delta, the Sinai Peninsula serves as a land bridge between the African and Asian continents. South of Sinai, the Red Sea separates the Arabian Peninsula from Egypt.

The Levant takes its name from the Italian and French references to the rising sun in the east. The region comprising present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine….

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