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In honor of the gorgeous aurora those of you who live in the high (and low) lattitudes are enjoying tonight, behold "All Alone in the Night," a time-lapse video made from images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station:



Explanation from NASA: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes.

Enjoy!
Chris

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saffronhare
Mar. 9th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Makes me want to be an astronaut when I grow up!
mckitterick
Mar. 9th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
I know! I love seeing such glorious and romantic imagery coming from the human space program again.
karin_gastreich
Mar. 9th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
This is awesome, Chris. I've taken the liberty of posting the link on FB. What a great way to start the day. :)
mckitterick
Mar. 9th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Happy to provide morning goodness.
siro_gravity
Mar. 9th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
WOW!! the lightning!!
WOW!! the auroras!
somebody needs to write them and tell them they got Florida and Italy upside down though.
LOL!
i'm silly. :P
mckitterick
Mar. 9th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I know - isn't it amazing?
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