Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Flying over the Earth (video)

Time-lapse from the Int'l Space Station as it orbits the planet at night (

It 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 Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, cities in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico including Mexico City and the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, lightning over the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

"The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart" - fake Buddha quote

Also visible is the Earth's ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (at 55 seconds), and galactic stars. Smooth version, 25 FPS version, raw data was downloaded from The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth. Virtualdub was used to create the final movie. More beautiful images of the universe at How big is the universe?