The astronaut shared a detailed caption along with two pictures to explain the importance of the clouds around the Earth.
Astronaut Andreas Mogensen took to Instagram to share two incredible pictures of the Earth taken from the International Space Station (ISS). He also wrote a descriptive caption to explain how it is often “frustrating” to click pictures of the blue planet from space because of the clouds.
“Clouds are one of the primary features that reflect sunlight back into space, together with snow and ice-covered ground. Thus, the amount of cloud cover and the amount of ground covered by glaciers, snow, and ice determine how much sunlight is reflected into space and thus, how much energy is available from the sun to heat the Earth. This balance between absorbed and reflected sunlight determines the energy balance of the Earth and is important for understanding Earth’s climate,” Mogensen added.
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