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Planet Earth time lapse photos from the International Space Station (venturebeat.com)
198 points by evo_9 on Nov 14, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments

Here are the original photographs and video if you want to see the astronauts' work in context with explanations: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/

Gorgeous. Music was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Muted and played Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings in the bg for better experience.


That Tchaikovsky recording was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I'm okay with the composition itself, but the recording was horribly distorted. I much prefer the electronic music, or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQQGi4gN6gI

Absolutely amazing! I think I'm right there with you on the music. It was just distracting, but the video is incredible!

Previous HN submission with lots of comments:


This new time-lapse video from Michael K├Ânig shot aboard the International Space Station gives you a view of Earth that was only available to a select handful of astronauts until now.

I'm pretty sure the astronauts themselves don't see the neon-green glowing and other details that way do they? It was shot with a low-light camera.

The human eye is capable of seeing very faint glows. We need an astronaut to answer this one.

There's no way it looks like that to the naked eye. This is probably a long exposure camera with a very high dynamic range, and we're seeing the dark side of the planet.

If you have a camera with a long exposure feature, try taking a 10-15 second shot of a nearly pitch black room. That will give you a sense of how this is made.

It's amazing how it looks so digitally enhanced, but I guess it isn't. It would be cool if more sci-fi movies and space games showed planets looking like that.

This video is pretty incredible. It's so amazing to see how visible the storms and city lights are from around (I think) 250 miles away! The northern lights look surreal as well.

It's cool that there is so much to see by a change in perspective.

It's very beautiful, but damn it slow down!

Running this at half speed is so much more impressive.

I had no idea lightning occurs so frequently!

It's probably a long exposure camera. Each frame could be exposed for many seconds or even minutes. Any lightning that strikes during that time appears in the frame.

~100 times per second.

San Francisco to Reno == 190 miles

Earth to ISS == 220 miles

We have to get off this rock asap before the next planet killer asteroid hits earth which is due soon.

Random events... still random.

Haha yeah... We should still try to get some of our eggs out of the basket, though.

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