A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space)

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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