We have seen several time-lapse views of Earth from the International Space Station, but this may well be the best. Recorded from August to October, 2011, this HD footage has been smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc, and then coupled with music by Jan Jelinek. It gives you a pretty splendid view of the aurora borealis from orbit (how often have you seen that?), and if you’re wondering just what produces those northern lights, you can watch a nice explanation here (scroll down to the second video). This video is housed in our collection of Great Science Videos.

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