Monday, November 14, 2011

Earth Time Lapse View From Space

In the car today I was listening to npr (national public radio) and to Terry Gross interviewing astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter. It was hard to wrap my head around their conversation, but I did my best and told Steven about it later because I found it so interesting. Right before I told him about the interview, which was about supernovae, Steven sent me a link to a video he saw on a news site. It was serendipity! The video was also about space, but more specifically, looking at the earth from space. It was created from time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011. If you are not reading this on the blog and cannot see the video below, you can view it here with this link. As Steven told me, Go FULL SCREEN on this video! It really is something.

credits: Editing: Michael K├Ânig |
Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by Betke Edition |

Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

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

I hope you enjoy!


  1. OH this was soooo cool! I just love things like this and often go to the NASA sight. It was funny, because as the camera sped by I was trying to figure out what and where we were -- definitely recognized the northern lights - saw a red spot wondered if it was a forest fire, could certainly tell the east coast of NA - so many lights .. then clouds, ice - maybe the arctic .... so interesting don't you think? Thanks for sharing. Sort of puts things in perspective - especially when the camera gets close to the edge of the earth and you can see the rest of the universe. Love it. Thanks for sharing, Lenna. The list at the end was useful - I was right about a few things. :o) xxDonna

  2. oh, so glad you enjoyed Donna! i think some of the flashes was lightning seen from above? wild!!

  3. Oh I wondered what the flashes were, thank you.

    This is brilliant, and really shows the varied environments on our small planet.

    So many lights..............


  4. Amazing... thanks for sharing. I, too, wondered about the flashes of light. Was thinking airports and lighthouses... lightning makes more sense.



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