Amazing Earth views

With all the amazing timelapse videos floating around these days, it takes one that is truly out-of-this-world to make it into Amazing Stuff… And here it is: The International Space Station – which has been positioned 200 miles above Earth for 10 years – has sent us some incredible shots of the Earth, and a kindly gentleman has compiled them into a video fly-past:

This film takes us on a whistle stop tour around the world, experiencing what the crew of the ISS experience every 91 minutes. It consists of 600 pictures in a film which lasts a minute. The film was created by James Drake, a science teacher who downloaded the pictures from the The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website which has nearly 700,000 photos from the ISS.

The video starts starts over the Pacific Ocean and then moves through storms over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

You may be one of the 5 million people who have viewed that video on YouTube, but have you seen this one?

These incredible images, also from the ISS, are of the Southern Lights (aurora australis). The stunning film was taken as the station passed Eastern Australia in September. Like it’s Northern Brother (aurora boralis), the phenomenon is formed as charged particles streaming from the Sun – known as the solar wind – interact with Earth’s magnetic field, resulting in collisions with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. (Here’s what the Northern Lights look like from Earth.)

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Queyras says:

The northern lights were seen last night as far south as Michigan, New York, South Dakota and Maine in the United States, and also from Europe and New Zealand. It was the strongest geomagnetic storm since October 2003.
A HD video of what the northern lights look like during a strong geomagnetic storm as we had yesterday can be seen at