<p>Moonlight glints off coastal waters along the <a id="k1.c" title="France-Italy border (map)" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=44.229456568301686, 7.0697021484375115&amp;z=7">France-Italy border (map)</a> in a picture snapped by an astronaut aboard the <a id="hmd3" title="International Space Station" href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html">International Space Station</a> in late April. <br><br> Snow-capped Alpine peaks are visible as dim gray blotches near a bright concentration of lights at left—the Italian city of Torino (Turin).<br><br> A similar beacon of urban life at center-bottom is Lyon, France, which links to a small dot of light along the coast—the port city of Marseille. The French-held island of Corsica appears as a dark mass rimmed with light near the top of the frame.</p>

Alpine Night

Moonlight glints off coastal waters along the France-Italy border (map) in a picture snapped by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station in late April.

Snow-capped Alpine peaks are visible as dim gray blotches near a bright concentration of lights at left—the Italian city of Torino (Turin).

A similar beacon of urban life at center-bottom is Lyon, France, which links to a small dot of light along the coast—the port city of Marseille. The French-held island of Corsica appears as a dark mass rimmed with light near the top of the frame.

Photograph courtesy NASA

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