An insane time-lapse video of the International Space Station zipping over the Earth's surface

The International Space Station is privy to many a gorgeous view of this big blue marble we live on, but this composite video of an evening on the ISS reinvents jaw-dropping.


In this video, James Drake took 600 photos from NASA's Gateway to Astronaut Photography on Earth and combined them together into a 62-second reel. Here's what you're looking at:

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.


[Via Universe Today]

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Joel Rubin

Really, truly stunning.

I've seen images of Earth from space and the Moon, but never at that angle—what's that green envelope? It's obviously the upper atmosphere, I get that much, but what particular part, and why is it that color?