“If you could see the Earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more spendid than the Moon.”
— Galileo Galilei.
400 years ago, Galileo could only imagine what the view of Earth would be like from space. Today, we have people on board the International Space Station who see that view every day. This new beautiful time-lapse shows aurora, lightning, our Milky Way Galaxy, city lights and other sights as seen from orbit.
Below is a great still image from this video, an amazing look through the ISS’s Cupola as Earth whizzes by:
Image caption: A view out the Cupola of the ISS. Credit: NASA
For more time-lapse videos and imagery, visit NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website.
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 the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.