Orbiting the Earth – A HD Simulation


Now this is cool … really cool, Oh did I forget to tell you … its cool, so I do so hope you have a very large screen handy to view this. If you have not seen it yet, then be prepared for a real trip.

OK, before you press “Play”, what exactly will you be looking at here?

  • It’s 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.

Now, try this …to enjoy this amazing video to the fullest you need a bit of background music

  1. Click here (it will give you a new tab with “glacial supremacy”. You need some music while watching this)
  2. Hit play for glacial supremacy if it has not already started automatically
  3. Now with that playing, quickly switch back to this tab.
  4. Switch to full-screen (Hint: click bottom left-hand of clip)
  5. Hit Play and enjoy a truly epic minute

You can read more about this on Universe Today, where they explain …

Science educator James Drake built this amazing time-lapse video from the perspective of the International Space Station as it flew over North and South America. He created this video by downloading a series of 600 photographs that were available online at the Gateway to Astronomy Photograph of Earth, and then stitching them together into a complete video. You can see more of James work at his blog: infinity imagined.

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