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.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...