What Does Space Look Like From Space?

by Jason Major on March 18, 2012

Pretty impressive, I’d say!

This video is a compilation of different time-lapses taken from the ISS over the past several months, edited by Alex Rivest and shared on Vimeo. It shows just how incredible the stars can appear from the night side of our planet… and 240 miles up!

Alex described the video on his Vimeo post:

“Timelapse videos depicting the stars from low earth orbit, as viewed from the International Space Station. Images edited using Adobe Lightroom with some cropping to make the stars the focal point of each shot, and with manipulation of the contrast to bring out the stars a bit more.”

Alex suggests, “The video plays best if you let it load a bit first.” (And I’d also advise full-screen!)

According to ISS astronaut Ron Garan, who also shared Alex’s compilation on his Google+ page, most of the images were taken by NASA astronaut Ron Pettit, currently on Expedition 30 aboard the ISS.

“Dedicated to those who dream of exploring the solar system, and those who are sharing their experiences while doing it,” Alex added.

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

Music: “Truck Out There” by London PM.
Editing by Alex Rivest.

See more of Alex’s photography on his website here.


A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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