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This wonderful time-lapse movie was made from a series of photos taken from the International Space Station as it orbited Earth at night. It begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering sunrise over Antarctica:

Cities and landmarks include (in this order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, multiple cities in Texas and New Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, lightning over the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth's ionosphere - visible as a thin colored line above the curve of the planet - and the stars of our galaxy.

Infinity Imagined created this movie using raw photos from The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth.

The Space Age: We're livin' in it!



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Sep. 20th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
So amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Sep. 20th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I love that they made this and shared it!
Sep. 20th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Woohoo! I thought I recognized Central America. (The rest was kind of a blur to me...)

Very cool. Thanks so much for posting this.
Sep. 20th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
The internets are full of amazing!
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