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EPIC Time-Lapse Footage of Earth from the International Space Station

Hands down the most epic time-lapse footage of circling the earth as recorded on the International Space Station you will see. Includes some magnificent Aurora Australis sequences, and personally, I love seeing the lightning flashes in the clouds.

Now, very important… you MUST watch this video in full screen and 1080p format. If you do not, well… don’t bother watching then. Seriously. I watched it first just as you see it now, then I choose the 1080p format and enlarged to full screen, and O..M..G!!! I thought I was on the space station looking out a window.

And for the absolute BEST viewing… turn off the lights and watch in the dark. You will swear you’re above the ISS.

The 1080 is found by clicking on the little gear in the bottom right portion of the video, and the full screen is the box in the absolute bottom right corner. You may have to click play for the gear to appear first.

Please enjoy. I most certainly did.


Information about the video:

Music: ‘Freedom Fighters’ by Two Steps from Hell
Editor: David Peterson
Serving Suggestion: 1080p, lights off, volume up 🙂

Inspired by a version of the opening sequence of this clip called ‘What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?’, I tracked down the original time-lapse sequence taken on the International Space Station (ISS) via NASA, found some additional ones there, including the spectacular Aurora Australis sequences, and set it to a soundtrack that almost matches the awe and wonder I feel when I see our home from above.

To those brave men and women who fly alone in the night to take us to the stars, we salute you.



1. North-to-south down the western coast of North and South America.
2. North-to-south over Florida, the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands.
3. South-East Asia, approaching the Philippine Sea
4. Western Europe, from France through Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East.
5. Aurora Australis, over the Indian Ocean, approaching Australia
6. Aurora Australis, over the Indian Ocean.
7. Aurora Australis, unknown location in the Southern Hemisphere.


Featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day!

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.


    • LOL… isn’t it cool? I’ve watched it at least a dozen times not with my face just a foot away from the monitor. I actually feel like I’m in the ISS circling the earth.

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