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Another Incredible Timelapse from the ISS

We never get tired of these amazing views from the International Space Station, but this one has it all: a silvery Moon setting into the Earth’s atmosphere, the dazzling Milky Way rising into a brilliant sunrise, airglow of all colors, popping lightning, shimmering aurorae, and incredible views of the stunning space station and our gorgeous planet. Brian Tomlinson put this one together, using stills from the Johnson Space Center’s “Gateway to Astronaut Photography of the Earth.

Below is a recent image taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield showing the Moon hovering above Earth, as seen from the ISS, similar to the views in the opening of the video:

'The full moon rises over the only planet we have ever called home,' Tweeted astronaut Chris Hadfield.

‘The full moon rises over the only planet we have ever called home,’ Tweeted astronaut Chris Hadfield.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Aqua4U February 20, 2013, 2:13 AM

    I am totally with you on this.. I NEVER get tired of seeing our beautiful Earth from above! I find myself trying to identify what cities are below? Sometimes the shapes of the land masses make it obvious and sometimes the cities themselves do. The lightning, auroras and stars above never fail to amaze… Thanks ~ I needed that!

  • Ernie Dunbar February 20, 2013, 3:34 AM

    Oh my god, those are the best pictures of the Aurorae I’ve ever seen!

  • Winski February 20, 2013, 7:19 AM

    Truly stunning. At the same time, probably one of the saddest videos I’ve ever seen… It’s astonishing views of OUR home and seemingly so few care….

    • zkank February 20, 2013, 5:44 PM

      Enjoy the view, and save your politics for another site.

      • Winski February 20, 2013, 5:47 PM

        No politics intended… Just normal observation… Still a spectacular vid…

        • Aqua4U February 20, 2013, 6:28 PM

          I like your icon… Ubiquitous dinosaur politics anyone? (Notes the ‘sequestering’ of science)

  • cptdavep February 20, 2013, 2:08 PM

    0:30 – I can see my house! Well, my town anyway…

  • Ryan February 20, 2013, 2:22 PM

    Space is an amazing place with a lot of mysteries. I think it is really cool that your blog focuses on the greatness of space.