Time-Lapse | Earth

18 October 2013 by GrrlScientist, posted in Video

SUMMARY: Wow. Just, wow.

Eruption of Sarychev Volcano, as seen from the International Space Station on 12 June 2009.

I've watched this video several dozen times now and it takes my breath away, every single time. It's a compilation of video shot by the astronauts from the International Space Station whilst orbiting Earth, and it's set to music. There's no message, no science, that I wish to describe: instead, I just wanted to share this with you because our small blue planet is just so stunningly beautiful. And today seems like a good day to remind us all of that.

Oh, I recommend "full screen" mode.

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Music: "Manhatta" composed and performed by The Cinematic Orchestra. (All rights reserved to their respective owners.)

Film clips collected and edited by Bruce Berry.

Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center and The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

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Footage Note: The slower video represents a closer resemblance to the true speed of the International Space Station; this footage was shot at one frame per second. These clips are all marked with an *.

Locations of footage in the order of appearance:

  • A Jump over the Terminator
  • Sarychev Volcano
  • From Turkey to Iran*
  • Hurricane Irene Hits the US
  • Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*
  • Central Great Plains at Night*
  • Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean*
  • Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.*
  • Up the East Coast of North America*
  • Myanmar to Malaysia*
  • Western Europe to Central India
  • Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean
  • Aurora Borealis over Europe*
  • City Lights over Middle East*
  • European City Lights*
  • Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  • Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.*
  • Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1)
  • Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2)
  • Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3)
  • Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*
  • The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1)
  • The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)

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NOTE: this piece is slightly edited from the original, which was written by GrrlScientist and published by the Guardian.

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