Incredible Footage Shows What Earth Actually Looks Like From Space

Have you ever tried to accurately describe what Earth looks like from space? Sure, there are videos of portions of the Earth spinning at its glacial pace. But what about complete time-lapse footage of the entire Earth? What’s our lovely planet look like from the International Space Station?

Thanks to a truly dazzling time-lapse series of photos from NASA, we now have the answers.

This is perfect for science classrooms. Teachers could show the video and then ask the students what they think they just saw. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t know it was Earth. Here’s a bit more about the footage from NASA:

The footage was taken by the crew of expeditions 28 and 29 on-board the International Space Station from August to October 2011. The estimated height above Earth is around 350km.

  • Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001  w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by scape Publishing / Universal |
  • Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,  NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
  • Editing: Michael König |

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night