Astronaut captures stunning New Zealand 'sunglint'

A panorama from space shows stunning footage of the sun setting over New Zealand.

Astronaut captures stunning New Zealand 'sunglint'

Taken by a member of the Expedition 42 crew from the International Space Station (ISS), the photograph show the Sun's 'glint point' highlighting the details of Cook Strait, Wellington Bay and Banks Peninsula.

A sunglint is the mirror-like reflection of the Sun off a water surface in a satellite image.

Captured on January 25, the center of the glint point over New Zealand was 1,000 kilometers away from the ISS.

It's not often New Zealand is photographed from orbit because it's one of the cloudier parts of planet, and crew are typically asleep when the ISS passes over the area, NASA says.