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What’s it like to fly above Earth and observe the landscape? This new time-lapse video from Michael König shot aboard the International Space Station gives you a view of Earth that was only available to a select handful of astronauts until now.

Witness the swirling Aurora Borealis from above, or effortlessly glide across the world’s largest deserts in seconds. At minute 2:26 you can see lightning storms over the Sinai Peninsula, as the ISS flies north and east towards Turkey and Central Asia. And if you watch closely throughout, it’s not difficult to make out major landmarks, such as the Nile River in Egypt, the Great Lakes, in the U.S., or the boot shape of Italy.

A pinch of minimal dub from musician Jan Jelinek makes this video a timeless work of art.

König doesn’t take credit for the video. He notes:

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011. All credit goes to them.


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