Time-lapse video of Earth captured aboard the International Space Station

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Most of the time-lapse videos we feature on the site have been taken by a camera setup on the Earth’s surface somewhere. Today, however, we’ve got a time-lapse from space, more specifically, it was captured from on board the International Space Station while looking down at the surface of the Earth rushing by below.

The video below starts when the ISS is over the Pacific Ocean. It then travels over North, then South America before reaching Antarctica. The actual list of areas and events travelled over is given below in the order they appear in the video. The lightning storm is especially nice and lucky to get on film from above.

  • Vancouver Island
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • San Fransisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Mexico City
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Lightning in the Pacific Ocean
  • Guatemala
  • Panama
  • Columbia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • Amazon

What’s striking is not only the speed at which the Earth is passing below the ISS, but the brightness of the light coming from the major areas of population. It’s a reminder of how much we as humans dominate the Earth and how much we have changed the way it looks.

I recommending watching the video in 1080p and full screen to get the full effect. I also hope we get a lot more footage like this both from the ISS and satellites that are currently travelling through our solar system. It really brings home how beautiful our planet is.

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