The International Space Station orbits Earth around 16 times a day, providing astronauts on board one of the most incredible views of our planet.

During a recent pass over the UK, one astronaut on the ISS captured an incredible image of the Scottish Highlands.

The region is usually covered in clouds which prevent photos being taken from space – especially during the winter months (when the image was taken).

In a blog about the image, a spokesperson for NASA ’s Earth Observatory said: “The topography of the Scottish Highlands is the result of geological processes spanning billions of years.

“The snow-capped mountains north of Glen Mor include some of the oldest rocks in Europe, and they were subsequently rearranged by tectonic forces hundreds of millions of years ago.

“The rocky landscape also shows signs of reshaping by flowing glaciers during the most recent Ice Ages.”

Glen Mor, which is also known as the ‘Great Valley’ or ‘Great Glen’, is a fault zone, marked by several lochs – including Loch Ness.

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