A clear day in San Francisco Bay • Earth.com

Last update: May 11th, 2021 at 10:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a clear December day across San Francisco Bay. In the summertime, the region is typically covered by a layer of low clouds.

The photograph, which was taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, captures a mix of urban and natural areas.

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the famous landmarks of the San Francisco Bay that stand out to astronauts. The bridge is part of Route 101, the longest highway in California.

Alcatraz, home to the well-known prison, is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. 

Only one fatal shark attack has ever been documented within San Francisco Bay, yet a common myth is that Alcatraz is surrounded by man-eating sharks.

According to NASA, the Golden Gate Park acts as an “urban oasis” amidst the dense, well-organized, square city blocks.

Spanning more than 1,000 acres, the park is home to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. 

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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