What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

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 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.

Smooth Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdDEpC0uHWI

25fps Version


Raw data was downloaded from
The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth

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3 responses to “What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

  1. I hope this is not the final flyby view!


  2. Here’s a video where the ISS flies above the Aurora Australis . It’s simply stunning! Aren’t we all just so blessed and lucky to be living in an age, where we have “eyes in the sky ” and get to see these wonderful things! I am constantly awed by all the absolutely beautiful things cameras and telescopes can show us.;