On December 4, 2016, ESA's Thomas Pesquet captured this mystical image of the Caribbean. Such deep blues shine from Turks and Caicos.
One of the first locations on Earth to enter 2017, New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet snapped this photo December 18, 2016.
Sun in Australia
Christmas in Australia offers sunny beaches, not dreams of snow. As is common with images from the ISS, this December 21, 2016 image of Australia brings to mind microorganisms under a microscope.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, captured some clouds peeking out from the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere. "The tropopause usually limits the vertical extension of clouds ... except for the most massive and daring ones," Pesquet tweeted.
This December 18, 2016 image of Earth's Northern hemisphere shows off the occasional occurrence of snow and accumulation of white clouds, reminiscent of a snow globe.
Argentina and Uruguay
Two countries converge: Argentina meets Uruguay at Buenos Aires and el Rio de la Plata, respectively.
Night & Day
The terminator, not the movie but the line between day and night, seen here on December 10, 2016. The astronauts on the ISS cross it as many as 16 times in a day.
Mountains in the morning
An early morning shot on December 10, 2016 of colorful mountains, a favorite scene to ESA's Thomas Pesquet.
Australia's outback looks like a post-apocalyptic landscape on December 16, 2016.
The Australian outback offers stunning landscapes in deeps reds, blacks, greens and blues.