Let’s face it, there’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun rise, or set while holding hands with your loved one, right?

And while that may be a heart-melting moment, there’s probably nothing more awesome than being aboard a space station orbiting Earth 220 miles above the surface, and having a chance to see the sunrise.

That’s precisely what ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst gets to see while he orbits the planet on board the International Space Station.

Seeing the sunrise from orbit is a whole other level.

Alexander’s Twitter account is filled with incredible shots he took while orbiting the Earth, but the sunrise images seem to have conquered the German Astronaut.

After recently posting a fresh set of images taken from the ISS, the Astronaut wrote:

I don’t know any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise. / Ich kenne kein Wort, in keiner Sprache, das die Schönheit eines Sonnenaufgangs im Orbit auch nur ansatzweise beschreiben könnte.

And we’ve got to admit the images are stunning and show an entirely different perspective of the sun rising to meet the Earth.

Waiting for sunrise. Location: 220 miles above the Earth, on board the International Space Station. Image Credit: Alexander Gerst.

Waiting for sunrise. Location: 220 miles above the Earth, on board the International Space Station. Image Credit: Alexander Gerst.

This is what sunrise looks like, 220 miles above the Earth. Image Credit: Alexander Gerst.

The Sunrise as seen on board the International Space Station. Image Credit: Alexander Gerst.

The Sunrise as seen on board the International Space Station. Image Credit: Alexander Gerst.

The colors are staggering. The Horizon looks alien. The view is breathtaking.

Check out more mind-bending images snapped by the German Astronaut by visiting his Twitter account.