It’s not everyday you get to see a time lapse video taken from orbit around the earth; sit back and enjoy this stunning time lapse video taken from a perspective only enjoyed by satellites and Superman.
James Drake, a science instructor, compiled the video from a series of high resolution images taken from the International Space Station. He describes the video here:
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. 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.
For more great astronomy videos and photos, make sure to check out Drake’s Tumblr blog here.