We're 99% certain this is the most beautiful footage of Earth's auroras yet recorded

Boy howdy, this video definitely confirms that if you're going to gaze at our planet, the International Space Station is the best seat in the house. This video was shot during Expeditions 28 and 29 aboard the ISS from August-October of this year. Time to pretend you're an alien fleet joy-riding through the Milky Way.


Sure, we've seen glimpses of the aurora from the ISS (as well as some pretty spectacular shots of Earth's cities below) before, but Michael Konig's trippy five-minute crawl over the continents will make you feel like you're riding shotgun in Thor's chariot, looking for the next exit to the Rainbow Bridge. Here's the progression of the footage:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

And the soundtrack to your flight is Jan Jelinek's "Do Dekor (Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records)."

[Via Notcot]




Is that the moons reflection in the lower part of the video around 2:50? Very cool.

I have always thought that those 'cities from space' pics of all the lights you can see were digitally augmented/enhanced. Is that the case or not? This video makes it look like the lights are as plan as day. Or has this had a lot of post-processing?