New ISS Timelapse: Night to Day to Night Again

by Nancy Atkinson on January 28, 2013

Here’s the latest video shot from the International Space Station, courtesy of the crew of Expedition 34. You’ll see the view from above as the ISS crosses the terminator from night into day, and then slips back into night again. This day/night cycle happens 16 times in orbit during a 24 period. This sped-up view shows two complete orbits on January 3, 2013 from 11:43:46 to 15:49:31 GMT, and includes a couple of cameo appearances from a rising Moon.

While the beauty of Earth is indisputable, the magnificence of the space station is readily apparent here, as the solar arrays glow with the setting sunlight, even as Earth below is plunged into darkness.

Let’s hope we can one day all experience this view first-hand!

See more info about the video — and others — at the NASA Crew Earth Observations website.

'Riding the edge of darkness, to beyond the horizon," Tweeted astronaut Chris Hadfield.

'Riding the edge of darkness, to beyond the horizon,


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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