Earth Illuminated: Dazzling ISS time-lapse photography, from NASA (video)

John Streeter, who is a television producer with NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, sends this cool video and tells Boing Boing:

It is all real, all shot from the International Space Station and all beautiful. It is time-lapse photography that showcases stars, cities at night, lightning storms and the aurora all from the vantage point of the space station. Also, there is a link at the end where you can visit, download and create your own videos if you wish.

The station is a remarkable engineering achievement and this is just a small side benefit of being in orbit. I hope you enjoy. link, and here's the video on YouTube.


  1. The music in the video was turned down way down… and, as a delightful synchronicity, my background Infected Mushroom just happened to sync almost perfectly. Recreated below… I could have probably tweaked timing a bit, but this is how I experienced it:

    (you’ll have to turn down the left video)

  2. Back on the 29th, I was taking a red-eye over central Canada, and treated to an amazing view of a severe lightning storm going utterly ballistic with lightning a few thousand meters below and beside the plane.  One of the most amazing things I’ve seen with a naked eye.

    If I let myself watch these NASA images in real-time, I don’t think I’d be able to let myself blink. 

  3. I had to watch this like 3 times during my lunch break, it was so awesome.  It really called to a child hood sense wonder of a world with so many things to discover in it.  For some reason the soundtrack from Final Fantasy 3 popped in my head, and I found Terra’s theme on youtube, which syncs up surprisingly well.

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