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see the americas in sixty-two seconds

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The flashes of light are lightning from thunderstorms.

The brown-green arc above the Earth is aerosol haze. It is a glow caused by particles suspended high above the Earths’s surface and is not visible at ground level.

The flight path “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 Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth's ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.” (Source: infinity-imagined)


This time-lapse video created from six hundred images taken from the International Space Station, and available online at Gateway to Astronomy Photograph of Earth (part of NASA). The video was made by James Drake.

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