WATCH THIS: Lightning, aurora and sunrise timelapse — as seen from space
SEATTLE — This timelapse video from space has it all: an orbit of Earth with lightning and aurora, followed by a space sunrise and daytime views of our cloudy planet.
The images were taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst as he orbited Earth on the International Space Station at around 400 km (248.5 miles) altitude.
The nighttime video shows a Soyuz spacecraft that ferries the astronauts to the outpost. At the end of the video green aurora can be seen as Earth’s interacts with solar radiation.
The International Space Station travels at 28,800 km/h, meaning that it only takes 90 minutes to circle Earth completely.