Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Looking down on earth from space

Today, we have an amazing video for the astronomy lovers - this time it is watching "us" from the space rather than "us" watching the space. The wonderful video above has been taken by NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station.

The video starts over the northern Pacific Ocean and then passes from western North America to western South America, ending near Antarctica as daylight finally approaches.

But besides the earth, one can have a glimpse of familiar constellations of stars as the time-lagged video proceeds. Besides, an aerosol haze of Earth's thin atmosphere is visible on the horizon as an thin multi-colored ring. Many wonders whiz by below, including vast banks of white clouds, large stretches of deep blue sea, land lit up by the lights of big cities and small towns, and storm clouds flashing with lightning.

Technical details/Video by NASA


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