NASA recently released these spectacular time-lapse videos of Earth, created from thousands of photographs taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station. We’ve edited together the highlights, which include soaring over the Mediterranean, North America, the Middle East, and Africa. Keep an eye out for the red and green aurora borealis and australis over the poles, as well as bursts of lighting in the clouds.
All the videos are courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, and the music is Chopin’s Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, from the public domain music resource Musopen.
For more videos from the International Space Station, visit the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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