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What Does It Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth? [Video]

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.

What Does It Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth? [Infinity Imagined via Universe Today]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/19/11

Comments (7)

  1. jim


  2. jyteqfrgfefrg

    Cool how you can see all the lightning flashes in the ocean

  3. Sue Ragan

    Beautiful and serene. This is #1 on my ultimate “TO DO” list.

  4. bill

    it would be nice to slow the speed down and be able to add music

  5. brie987

    Fantastic and beautiful. I would love this to be a live wallpaper for my phone and tablet. Thanks.

  6. Adam

    I would make a GIF of it, but it is too long. My only thought is to speed it up, but then it wouldnt be as nice.

  7. Matt

    I have it as a live wallpaper, just use the program Video Live Wallpaper for Android, be warned, it sucks up CPU like mad.

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