A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.
This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues [south] over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.
Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.
Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy. Raw data was downloaded from:
The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth
Virtualdub was used to create the final movie.
You can see more beautiful images of our universe at;
How big is the universe?
The next day, they made a slo-mo version that’s a little smoother:
HuffPo notes that the International Space Station’s “days are numbered. The AP recently reported that the Russians plan to sink the ISS as soon as 2020 in order to keep it from becoming a dangerous piece of space junk. When it is no longer needed, the ISS will meet its end in a controlled descent into the Pacific Ocean.”
My bro sent me this link of our solar system done to scale, to give the curious a sense of the distance between the planets: