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Flying Over the Earth at Night - Auroras, lightnings and city lights from space.

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posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 05:22 AM

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.

Source: APOD

This astronaut photograph highlights the Chicago metropolitan area as the largest cluster of lights, next to the dark patch of Lake Michigan. The other largest metropolitan areas include St. Louis, Minneapolis–St. Paul, and the Omaha–Council Bluffs region on the Nebraska–Iowa border. The northeastern seaboard lies just beyond the Appalachian Mountains, a dark winding zone without major cities.

Source: Earthobservatory

Incredible how light activity is everywhere on Earth!! Lightnings, auroras, city lights...
edit on 5-3-2012 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 05:34 AM
Probably should have search for the threads already on it buddy, this must be the 20th.

Still, very very pretty footage

edit on 5-3-2012 by Biigs because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 06:06 AM

This must be the quadrillon time I see a thread about this

posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 06:11 AM
There is an existing thread on this topic:

Please add further comments, queries or concerns to the ongoing discussion.

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