Home, from space: Earth Illuminated

By Phil Plait | August 10, 2012 12:30 pm

I’ve been posting a lot about Mars lately – and stay tuned, there’s plenty more! – but let’s not forget the first planet we ever viewed from space: our own. Here’s another lovely time lapse video of Earth made from images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, called Earth Illuminated.

Regular readers might recognize some of the clips used here; for example the opening shot shows the solstice Sun not quite setting over the limb of the Earth. Many of the other features you can see in this video I’ve explained before too, like air glow, aurorae, and cities from space. Still, it’s nice to see them again, some literally in a different light.

Tip o’ the spacesuit visor to Dan Gillmor on G+.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, NASA, Pretty pictures, Space
MORE ABOUT: Earth, ISS, time lapse

Comments (3)

  1. carbonUnit

    Can’t get enough of these, which is why BA is my most visited webpage. (Yeah, I’m lazy, I let Phil find the good stuff!)

    At the risk of starting a side discussion, these Youtube hi-def videos often seem to stutter. I just speed tested my connection with several sites and got 9, 12 & 13 Mbps download speeds. That seems fast enough… Could it be Youtube choking?? Do others see this, or is it just me??

  2. gregoire

    Really nice, could you let us know, please, where the soundtrack come from?

  3. carbonUnit

    Played nicely this afternoon. The Intertubes must have been too busy on Friday night…

    I tried to go to the URL in the video to see if there was more info on the clip, but I just get a network timeout. *sigh*


    (Paste into browser to httphenate.)


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