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A Timelapse From Space With Just About Everything

Are you ready for a one minute timelapse from the space station crammed with aurora, lightning, starscapes, sunrise, and finally daylight illuminating an ocean of clouds? It's amazing.

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The view 400 kilometers above the Earth is framed by parts of the a Soyuz spacecraft. It was recorded by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst using a normal consumer digital camera in the Cupola set to take a photograph every few seconds. With the International Space Station racing around the planet at 28,8000 kilometers an hour, it only takes 90 minutes to circle the Earth, each orbit 2200 kilometers west of the orbit before.

In his pre-astronaut life, Gerst was a geophysicist and volcanologist.

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DISCUSSION

Strangely, I needed this today.

I've had such a crappy weekend and start of the week, and seeing something like this does help me put into perspective that every problem I've ever had is contained on a tiny, insignificant mud-blob, and the rest of the universe isn't affected in the slightest by the worst of my problems...so they really can't be that bad.