Earth from space: time-lapse video

By AG staff 25 June 2014
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A time-lapse video of Earth from space reveals the wonder of our planet and just how thin the atmosphere is.

IT COULD JUST AS well be a sci-fi video, but this vision filmed by the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) – a series of photographs edited into a time-lapse video – shows perhaps the most stunning view of the Earth from space yet seen.

The video includes vision from pass overs across many continents and auroras and lightning strikes are clearly visible. Perhaps the most striking part of the video is just how thin our atmosphere is – just a sliver above the vast expanse of the Earth.

The images were filmed by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expeditions 28 and 29 from August to October this year (See another video from September of the aurora australis and fires over Australia). This video was edited by Michael König.

List of Earth images from space

The video goes through a sequence of shots from various locations around Earth:
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

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