Amazing Timelapse Video from the Space Station

by Fraser Cain on September 18, 2011

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Science educator James Drake built this amazing timelapse video from the perspective of the International Space Station as it flew over North and South America. He created this video by downloading a series of 600 photographs that were available online at the Gateway to Astronomy Photograph of Earth, and then stitching them together into a complete video. You can see more of James work at his blog: infinity imagined.

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pllopis September 19, 2011 at 6:57 AM

+1 for exposing the flight path. I don’t really recognize which regions where being flown over at different times. A KML would be great (for loading it up in google earth, for example) if it’s not too much to ask for =D

Christopher Gosnell September 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

At about :31 in the movie there is a ‘city’ that is bathed in green light. Anyone know what that is?

Thatcher Williams September 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

It looks to be Guatemala or San Salvador, The path is along the west coast of California, Mexico, etc going south …

Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I loved seeing the thunderstorms, but more astounding to me is noticing what a thin amount of atmosphere covering this huge planet. It’s so thin, it’s hard to believe it protects us from falling debris and radiation. The thinness of it seems so fragile, like it could be wisped away with one giant solar flare. I love seeing the ISS come into daylight…. simply awe inspiring!!

Matthew Schlotman September 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Wow, just wow! A thousand thank yous. I am blown away by this is a way words cannot express!!!

Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The thunderstorms looked amazing.

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