Time Lapse Videos From The ISS Show Incredible Startrails, Aurora, And Lightning On Earth

From the International Space Station, astronauts can glory in the beauty of the Earth from above and the vastness of space from below. Astronaut Don Pettit spent more than a year on the International Space Station and took an incredible number of images.

Christoph Malin took a whole bunch of Pettit’s images taken from the station and compiled them into time lapse videos. He interspersed these videos with a talk given by Pettit at the PhotoShelter Luminance Conference from 2012.

I completely recommend watching the whole video, below. But here are the time spots where you can skip to Malin’s incredible videos.

“intro” — 1:10 mark

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyEarth as seen from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

“startrails” — 7:00 mark 

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyStartrails from composite images taken from the International Space Station. The bright spots on the Earth are lighting strikes.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

“fisheye” — 8:50 mark

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe Earth, as seen through the International Space Station’s Cupola.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

“aurorae” — 10:05 mark

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photography

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Here’s the entire video:

“Making the invisible visible” – the ISS Image Frontier from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.

And some more screenshots:

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe aurora seen from the International Space Station at night.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyImages of startrails as long-exposure pictures taken from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe lights of Earth seen at night from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe International Space Station’s CanadaArm and the Earth below.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe sun and the Earth from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe Earth from the ISS.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photography startrailsStartrails and smears of light are visible in these long-exposure images from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyISS astronaut Don Pettit in the Cupola of the station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

Don Pettit Christoph Malin ISS photographyThe Aurora seen from the International Space Station.

Photo: Christoph Malin/Vimeo

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