Flying Over Planet Earth at Night — on the Space Station

This is really quite breathtaking. Can you imagine actually being up there and looking down on the lights… and the lighting… and the clouds… and the oceans? Pretty amazing. The lights of the big cities are amazingly bright.  I’m glad I got to see this. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something. They say “multiple cities in Texas” are visible, but they don’t say which ones. (See description below the video.) Be sure to click on the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch this in full-screen mode then click when you want it to pause. Click again to start up again. I think I was able to pick out Houston. Do you see it?

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie 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 Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy. 

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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