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The Best Video of Earth from Space Ever Made

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This timelapse video of photographs taken from the International Space Station between August and October is just stunning:

The photographs were taken by astronaut Ron Garan, whose photographs were the subject of a Compound Eye post from a few weeks back. In them you can see the aurora (both Borealis and Australis), pinprick cities, and my personal favorite, lightning storms like firecrackers.


About the Author: Michael Moyer is the editor in charge of space and physics coverage at Scientific American. Follow on Twitter @mmoyr.

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  1. 1. Wayne Williamson 7:55 pm 11/14/2011

    Really cool video…In some ways it would have been nice to just see the orbits compressed instead of the chopping…I spent a lot of the time trying to figure out where the video was taken…Thanks again…

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  2. 2. spinnor 9:35 pm 11/14/2011

    Wow! Thank you! Looks computer generated %^) but I hope its 100% the real thing. It should be played somewhat slower though. Love the city lights, auroras, and lightning storms.

    This should be enjoyed by the Masses.

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  3. 3. Tue Sorensen 12:27 am 11/17/2011

    For the best video ever, this has been speeded (sped?) up to a ridiculously frenetic pace which robs the whole experience of its majesty. I want to be able to catch some surface detail. Where can one find part of this video in real-time, or at least slow-time??

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