NASA Releases Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of Earth

WOW! What a way to start the week! Check out this amazing 4-minute video tour of our wonderful planet courtesy of the nice people at NASA. Click the link to above to see the video.

Set to “Walking in the Air” by Howard Blake, the video is a series of footages taken by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station – talk about walking on air! The whole tour video compiles some of NASA’s best and most awe-inspiring time-lapse photos from the ISS. The Expedition 30 crew members are now back on earth after they have completed their mission.

Your 4-minute journey will take you high above the clouds, through auroras and around the most spectacular natural light shows (no pyrotechnics in sight!). The tour is only 4 minutes but every second is worth it. Our favorite moments include:

  • Zipping through the aurora Autralis over the Indian Ocean (min 0:36)
  • Skimming over the US (min 1 to min 1:30)
  • Viewing the Comet Lovejoy (min 2:30)

Which of the scenes is the most spectacular for you? Click the link to the video above and feel free to share your opinions with us through the comment box below!

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Christmas Comet Amazes Sky Gazers in Chile

The comet Lovejoy may not be the famed Star of Bethlehem, but it still provided a jaw-dropping sight for astronomer Gabriel Brammer, photographed the comet rising ahead of the sun on Dec. 22 at Paranal Observatory in Chile’s high Atacama Desert.

Brammer is a support astronomer for the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which runs the Paranal facility. His time-lapse photos of comet Lovejoy show it rising ahead of the sun as the Paranal astronomers fire a laser beam, which serves as a guide star, into the sky. Our Milky Way galaxy and the moon are also visible in the images.

Comet Lovejoy was discovered on Nov. 27 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy and quickly identified as a so-called Kreutz comet, a comet which flies on an orbit that swings extremely close to the sun. The comet was about 660 feet (200 meters) wide when it was first seen.

On Wednesday (Dec. 21), NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank was amazed to see the comet rising over a nighttime Earth from his vantage point on the International Space Station as it sailed 240 miles above Tasmania. Burbank, who currently commands the space station, snapped about 100 photos of the cosmic sight, which NASA later assembled into a time-lapse video of comet Lovejoy.

Comet Lovejoy is now headed away from the sun as it travels along its highly eccentric orbit, ESO officials said. It may return to Earth’s night sky in the year 2325, when its orbit brings it back into the inner solar system, they added.


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