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This clickable map organizes all of the existing time-lapse sequences into geographical regions. These videos are organized to both aid in searching for a desired area of the Earth, and to break down the volume of the existing time-lapse sequences. Each region below is separated by regions around the world, as well as links below the clickable map to the "Aurora Borealis and Australis" and "Special Videos". The newest release of time-lapse sequences will be posted just below these two sections.

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Latest videos from the crew

Atlantic Ocean to Kazakhstan

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on November 5, 2017 from 22:29:56 to 23:03:24 GMT, on a pass from the South Atlantic Ocean to Kazakhstan. The video begins with a calm, dark sky and the moon’s reflection lingering on the tops of clouds and the ocean surface. While travelling over Africa, the ISS passes several lightning storms that flash below like paparazzi. The lightning subsides when the ISS reaches the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and the Zagros Mountains that curve around off the coastline. The pass continues over Central Asia and Kazakhstan with heavy clouds, ending just before sunrise.



Date posted: 2017/12/14
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-145305 to ISS053-E-147302

Atlantic Ocean to Russia

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on November 5, 2017 from 00:52:46 to 01:26:13 GMT, on a pass from the South Atlantic Ocean to Southwest Russia. The time-lapse begins with heavy layers of clouds where the Atlantic Ocean is hardly visible. A lightning storm flashes left of track over western Africa when the ISS approaches Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana’s coastline. The clouds disappear and the clear night sky gives an opportunity for a perfect view of the vast Sahara Desert from the cupola. When the ISS reaches the Mediterranean Sea, Europe is a lit up back drop with bright night lights glowing from Italy, Greece, and Turkey. The clouds become thicker as the ISS crosses Europe and the video ends over western Russia after crossing the Black Sea.



Date posted: 2017/12/14
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-149375 to ISS053-E-151229

South Africa to Russia

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on November 5, 2017 from 21:00:44 to 21:31:50 GMT, on a pass from South Africa to the Mongolia-Russia border. Lightning is peppered throughout this pass as the ISS skirts East coast Africa from South Africa to Somalia with an exquisite view of the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman. The Zagros Mountains swoop along the coastline before the ISS reaches the Western Himalaya and a broad look at “The -Stans”. The clouds get heavier and the lightning subsides as the video comes to a close over the Mongolia-Russia border.



Date posted: 2017/12/14
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-149375 to ISS053-E-151229

Spectacular Aurora Borealis over Canada

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on September 28, 2017 from 07:38:56 to 07:55:34 GMT, on a pass from the northern Pacific Ocean, just south of Alaska, to the Gulf of Mexico, south of Florida. The north-facing camera catches the Aurora Borealis over Canada as the ISS travels from northwestern United States southeast. Large cities like Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta stand out as the ISS flies southeast toward Florida.



Date posted: 2017/10/03
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-50761 to ISS053-E-51759

Aurora Borealis over North America

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on September 28, 2017 from 07:38:20 to 07:54:58 GMT, on a pass from the northern Pacific Ocean, just south of Alaska, to the Gulf of Mexico, south of Florida. The video begins looking at the Aurora Borealis over the northern Atlantic Ocean as the ISS approaches the northwestern United States and British Columbia. The city of lights of northern United States are seen as the ISS flies southeast, where the fracking lights in North Dakota can be seen left of track. As the ISS flies over eastern United States, more condensed city lights are seen as large cities like Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Chicago. The pass ends as the ISS approaches Florida and the southeastern United States.



Date posted: 2017/10/03
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-53022 to ISS053-E-54020

Iberian Peninsula to Red Sea

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on September 27-28, 2017 from 23:59:00 to 00:15:38 GMT, on a pass from the northern Atlantic Ocean to the base of the Red Sea. The video begins by looking along the border between Spain and France at night, where large cities like Madrid and Barcelona stand out. The pass continues southeast looking over the dark Mediterranean Sea, where the Balearic Islands stand out brightly. Continuing southeast, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, and the Italian Peninsula can be seen as the ISS approaches northern Africa and the bright city of Benghazi. The pass ends as the ISS passes over the Nile River and toward the Arabian Peninsula.



Date posted: 2017/10/03
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-54028 to ISS053-E-55026

United Kingdom down to Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on September 27-28, 2017 from 23:54:41 to 00:16:12 GMT, on a pass from the northern Atlantic Ocean to the base of the Red Sea. The video starts with a view of the Aurora Borealis over the northern Atlantic Ocean. The first city lights seen are those of Ireland and England before continuing southeast over France and Switzerland. The dark area of The Alps separates France and Switzerland from Italy before continuing southeast over Greece and the island of Crete. The bright Nile River Delta begins the pass over Egypt, and the video finishes by flying down the Red Sea.



Date posted: 2017/10/03
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-51766 to ISS053-E-53010

Southern Lights over the Australian Bight

This video was taken by the Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on August 19, 2017 from 19:12:36 to 19:30:24 GMT, on a pass from the southern Indian Ocean to south of Australia at night. The time-lapse sequence focuses forward through the Cupola with the SpaceX Dragon blocking part of the view. The Aurora Australis is seen until the sunrise and night lights of the southern Australian city of Melbourne begin to appear.



Date posted: 2017/09/27
Compiled from frames ISS052-E-63266 to ISS052-E-63561