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A Flight Around Our Beautiful Planet: TIME-LAPSE


The most stunning thing in this incredibly beautiful time-lapse of shots from the International Space Station are the lightning flashes dappling thunderstorms over the Pacific.

Science teacher James Drake stitched it together using 600 images from NASA:

Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.


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  1. The time-lapse shots show how beautiful and amazing the earth is and how lucky we are to inhabit it. It put everything into perspective for me---how people are unique but yet connected and dependent on each other. What a great world this would be if we could live peacefully with our differences.

    Posted by: Professor Locs | Sep 19, 2011 8:45:22 AM

  2. That's pretty cool, but I'm getting no visual cues at all about the landmarks. Can anybody tell at what second mark you see the Yucatan?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 19, 2011 9:56:23 AM

  3. Lovely. Wish we could throw a live feed on a big screen on the wall like living wallpaper.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Sep 19, 2011 1:02:45 PM

  4. A live feed available on some tv channel would be a great idea and really good marketing for the space effort. However, they are probably afraid somehow it would be giving away a military advantage.

    Maybe the Chinese will do it when they colonize the moon.

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 19, 2011 1:34:08 PM

  5. Stunning visuals.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 19, 2011 6:12:12 PM

  6. It was lovely to see this time-lapse photography of the Earth. It is nice to see our beautiful planet. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is nice to see the pictures of the space and especially Earth. I think we live in the most beautiful planet in the whole universe.

    Posted by: Green Screen Photography | Sep 21, 2011 7:29:26 AM

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