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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 tabs below the clickable map to view additional catagories, such as Aurora Borealis and Australis, Beyond Earth, and New.

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Night Pass Over Saudi Arabia

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 60 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on July 5, 2019 from 20:12:00 to 20:36:58 GMT, on a night pass over Africa. The angle that these photos were shot at give a glimpse the stars and blackness of space, while also putting the Earth on display. There is a light greenish Earth glow along the Earth limb and scattered bursts of lightning. As the ISS travels over Africa and across the peninsula, major cities like Addis Ababa, Jazan, and Doha can be seen by their bright city lights.



Date posted: 2019/07/16
Compiled from frames ISS060-E-5022 to ISS060-E-6021

City Lights of North and South America

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 28 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on August 19, 2011 from 07:21:54 to 07:51:18 GMT, on a night pass over North America and South America. As the space station travels from Washington, over Florida, towards Brazil, city lights radiate a yellow glow through the clouds. The rapid bursts of light occuring in many of the clouds is lightning.



Date posted: 2019/07/16
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-27849 to ISS028-E-28437

From Baja California to Quebec

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 59 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on June 6, 2019 from 19:12:26 to 19:35:32 GMT, on a day pass over North America. Starting over the Pacific Ocean by Baja California, the ISS is traveling northeast over the United States and parts of Canada. The Great Lakes and the Strait of Saint Lawrence can be seen through the breaks in the clouds.



Date posted: 2019/07/15
Compiled from frames ISS059-E-94000 to ISS059-E-95386

Earth Glow and Stars

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 59 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on May 10, 2019 from 07:05:57 to 07:30:05 GMT, on a night pass over the Pacific Ocean and North America. As the ISS travels northeast towards the United States, cities can be seen through some of the clouds and lightning storms. The quick bursts of light represent lightning in the clouds. Beyond Earth’s limb, many stars are visible from this vantage point of the Space Station.



Date posted: 2019/06/10
Compiled from frames ISS059-E-60045 to ISS059-E-60664

Hurricane Oma

This video was taken by the Expedition 58 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on February 20, 2019 from 16:59:00 to 17:02:59 GMT, while passing over the Coral Sea near Australia. Facing northwest, the camera catches a stunning view of Hurricane Oma. The video starts over Brisbane and travels northeast over the Coral Sea towards many islands in the Southern Pacific.



Date posted: 2019/06/07
Compiled from frames ISS058-E-23615 to ISS058-E-24094

West Coast from North to South

This video was taken by the Expedition 59 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on May 1, 2019 from 18:14:05 to 18:21:37 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, just under Alaska, to Mexico. This path highlights natural features like the Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Gulf of California, Chihuahuan Desert, and the Sierra Madrea Occidental Mountains. As the ISS travels over numerous mountains and deserts, it also passes over many large cities like Portland, Sacramento, and Phoenix.



Date posted: 2019/06/07
Compiled from frames ISS059-E-39079 to ISS059-E-39500

Central America to Quebec

This video was taken by the Expedition 59 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on May 7, 2019 from 06:38:30 to 06:52:36 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, just west of Costa Rica, to eastern Canada. The north-facing camera catches views of large cities like Mexico City, Houston, Atlanta, New York, and Boston stand out as the ISS flies over the Gulf of Mexico towards Quebec.



Date posted: 2019/06/07
Compiled from frames ISS059-E-59667 to ISS059-E-59951

North to Southeastern United States at Night

This video was taken by the Expedition 59 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on May 31, 2019 from 04:22:31 to 04:26:24 GMT, on a pass from central United States over Illinois, to the Atlantic Ocean just past Florida. This nighttime video displays the city lights over North America. The north we-facing camera catches views of large cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Orlando stand out as the ISS flies toward the Atlantic Ocean



Date posted: 2019/06/07
Compiled from frames ISS059-E-86078 to ISS059-E-86229

West to East coast Aurora Borealis in North America

This video was taken by the Expedition 57 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on November 12, 2018 from 07:38:52 to 07:53:06 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, east of California, to Quebec near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The north-facing camera catches the Aurora Borealis over Canada as the ISS travels from eastern United States. Large cities like Portland, Seattle, Boise, and Spokane stand out as the ISS flies toward Quebec.



Date posted: 2019/06/07
Compiled from frames ISS057-E-86668 to ISS057-E-87948

Stars from the International Space Station - Oct. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 57 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on October 7, 2018 from 15:27:07 to 15:53:38 GMT, on a night pass over the Indian Ocean and Australia. Beyond Earth’s limb, many stars are visible from this vantage point of the Space Station.



Date posted: 2018/12/17
Compiled from frames ISS057-E-35071 to ISS057-E-35530

Canada at night - Sept. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on September 18, 2018 from 08:03:15 to 08:14:13 GMT, on a night pass over Canada. The video begins along the British Columbia and Alberta border. Aurora Borealis over northern Canada hover above Earth’s surface with sunlight peeking through in the background. Major cities seen during this quick orbit over Canada include Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal. Beyond Earth’s limb, many stars are visible from this vantage point of the Space Station.



Date posted: 2018/10/17
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-179403 to ISS056-E-180719

The Moon as Seen by Humans in Space

This video was taken by crews on board the International Space Station. This video is comprised of several time-lapse frames taken by astronauts over the past 10 years. Astronauts aboard the ISS view the same Moon phases as we do on Earth, only they experience Moon rises and Moon sets 16 times a day as the ISS orbits Earth.



Date posted: 2018/09/10

West Africa to the Alps - Dec. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on December 7, 2017 from 14:05:42 to 14:19:01 GMT, on a day pass from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Italian Alps. The video begins over the cloudy Atlantic Ocean and passes over clusters of islands. The western coast of Africa comes into view with dust blowing over from the Sahara Desert. The ISS continues over the African countries of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, and Algeria. The Atlas Mountains are clearly visible along the Mediterranean coast. The narrow Strait of Gibraltar separates the Iberian Peninsula from Africa. Much of France and Italy are cloud covered, with the exception of the Alps.



Date posted: 2018/08/29
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-386864 to ISS053-E-388463

Middle East to Australia - Jul. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken using a 16mm fisheye camera lens on July 7, 2018 from 05:18:32 to 05:45:38 GMT, on a day pass from the Middle East to western Australia. The video quickly begins passing over the Caspian Sea and moves over Iran and Turkmenistan. The ISS continues over Afghanistan and the Himalayas begin to show on the horizon. Traveling southeast, much of India and the Indian Ocean are cloud covered. The videos ends along the red-colored, west coast of Australia.



Date posted: 2018/08/07
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-91001 to ISS056-E-94252

Clouds and Continents - Jun. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken using a 16mm fisheye camera lens on June 21, 2018 from 15:19:25 to 16:09:25 GMT, on a day pass from the Pacific Ocean to Africa. The video begins over cloud covered waters of the Pacific Ocean and heads toward the western coast of North America. The first sight of land is the Baja peninsula of Mexico and quickly approaches the southwest US states of Arizona and Utah. The US midwest is mostly cloudy. Orange waters on the western edge of Lake Superior are the result of significant flooding in Duluth, MN at the time of the video. The ISS continues over the northern Atlantic Ocean and passes over Spain at the Strait of Gibraltar. As the ISS heads southeast across Africa, orange Saharan sands come into view and the video ends with a sunset over the cloud covered continent.



Date posted: 2018/06/26
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-25974 to ISS056-E-32016

Malaysia to Western Australia - Jun. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on June 9, 2018 from 15:23:52 to 15:31:23 GMT, on a night pass from Malaysia toward Western Australia. The video begins looking southeast toward the Indonesia islands. Coastlines are traced out by urban areas with interconnected, yellow-colored lights. In contrast, there are many fishing boats in the surrounding dark waters that can be distinguished by individual green or cool-toned white lights. Lightning storms are the concentrated bright flashes are seen throughout this video. The ISS continues past the islands of Sumatra and Java. The video ends over the vast waters of the Indian Ocean while approaching the coast of Western Australia.



Date posted: 2018/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-6359 to ISS056-E-7261

Space Shuttle Discovery over Earth - Apr. 2010

This time-lapse video was taken by the STS-131 Mission crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken from April 12-16, 2010. The video is a compilation of time-lapse photos showing Space Shuttle Discovery docked at the ISS from various angles and times of day.



Date posted: 2018/06/08
Compiled from frames STS131-E-11693 to STS131-E-14268

Transit Across Africa - Sept. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on April 1, 2017 from 12:14:00 to 12:47:16 GMT, on a northeast to southwest pass across Africa. The video begins over the northern Atlantic Ocean, passes over the Strait of Gibraltar, and across the Sahara Desert. Much of central Africa is cloud covered until the ISS passes by Lake Malawi. The last land seen in this video is the southern end of the island of Madagascar. The video ends over the vast blue waters of the Indian Ocean.



Date posted: 2018/05/14
Compiled from frames ISS052-E-81417 to ISS052-E-82415

Southern Hemisphere Aurora and Sunrise - Apr. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 55 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on April 20, 2018 from 19:39:23 to 20:03:38 GMT, on a pass from southern Africa to Australia. The video begins at night just south of the African continent and continues east across the Indian Ocean. The highlight of this video is the Aurora Australis also known as the Southern Lights. The video ends with a sunrise over Australia.



Date posted: 2018/05/14
Compiled from frames ISS055-E-27892 to ISS055-E-30801

Oregon to Yucatan Peninsula - Aug. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on August 24, 2017 from 22:08:24 to 22:20:38 GMT, on a NW-SE pass across North America. The video begins with clouds over the state of Oregon and passes over the midwest United States. A distinct feature seen in this video includes the two-toned waters of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The video continues past the Texas Gulf Coast and Hurricane Harvey can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico before it made landfall in Texas. The video ends while continuing south across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.



Date posted: 2018/04/22
Compiled from frames ISS052-E-73851 to ISS052-E-74538

Balearic Sea to Lake Turkana - Dec. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on December 6, 2017 from 21:32:28 to 31:49:15 GMT, on a pass from Spain to Kenya. The video begins with clouds over the Atlantic Ocean, and passes over the Balearic and Mediterranean Seas. Major cities are lit up and sunglint shimmers across the bodies of water. The video continues over the Sahara Desert towards East Africa and ends with sunglint highlighting Lake Turkana in Kenya.



Date posted: 2018/03/22
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-394450 to ISS053-E-396465

Ireland to Egypt at Night - Sept. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on September 24, 2017 from 01:53:00 to 02:03:34 GMT, on a pass from Ireland to Egypt. The video begins over Dublin, Ireland and passes by the major cities of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Turin, Rome, Istanbul, Athens, and Cairo. Major water features seen in this video include the English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, and the Nile River. The video ends just before sunrise.



Date posted: 2018/03/21
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-45404 to ISS053-E-46038

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

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

Milky Way on the Horizon

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 44 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on August 12, 2015 from 23:08:04 to 23:31:58 GMT, on a pass over Africa at night. This pass begins while the ISS was over western Spain flying southeast toward Africa. As the video progresses, there are several lightning storms occurring over Africa. The video finishes just southeast of Madagascar.



Date posted: 2015/11/23
Compiled from frames ISS044-E-47796 to ISS044-E-48187

Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 25, 2012 from 14:03:20 to 14:08:33 GMT, on a pass over the North Pacific Ocean, from south of the Aleutian Islands to southeast of Alaska, west of British Columbia. This video focuses on the Aurora Borealis and the limb of the Earth as the ISS travels across the North Pacific Ocean.



Date posted: 2014/02/10
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-53015 to ISS030-E-53328

Moon Glow over North Pacific

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 38 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 30, 2014 from 13:34:12 to 13:38:48 GMT, on a pass over the Pacific Ocean, from just south of Alaska to west of California. This video primarily focuses on the glow of the Moon as the crew travels east into the sunrise. The glow on either side of the Moon as the video progresses is lens flare.



Date posted: 2014/02/10
Compiled from frames ISS038-E-39279 to ISS038-E-39463

Our Planet through the Cupola

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on March 11, 2012 from 13:47:03 to 14:20:28 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia, to the Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and South America. This video showcases the entire globe through use of a very short lens inside of the Cupola. These types of views of our planet show the limb of the Earth wrapping around, as well as the extent of the aurora.



Date posted: 2014/02/10
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-136790 to ISS030-E-138155

ISS in Constant Sunlight

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 6, 2013 from 11:53:05 to 13:32:53 GMT, on a pass from eastern English Channel, just east of London, making one complete orbit to the Adriatic Sea, east of Pascara. This video primarily features the ISS in constant sunlight, with the sun never setting below the horizon during the crew's 90 minute trip around the Earth. The sun looks to be making a circle above the horizon. This can occur when the ISS has orbit tracks that ride along the terminator line (the visible line from space that separates daylight and night).



Date posted: 2013/01/23
Compiled from frames ISS034-E-22470 to ISS034-E-23468

From Night to Day to Night Again

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 3, 2013 from 11:43:46 to 15:49:31 GMT, on a pass from northwestern Australia, making two complete orbits to eastern Quebec, near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This fast-paced video features the ISS completing two and a half orbits around the Earth, crossing the terminator line several times in the process. The video begins as the ISS is in darkness, and as the moon rises on the left side of the video, the ISS begins to pass over into daylight. Clouds mostly obscure the view during this first daylight pass with the exception of the Caucasus and Elburz Mountains just before the terminator. The ISS slips back into night as the moon again rises in the left side of the video. As the Station flies back into daylight, the ISS flies over Central America, the Caribbean Sea, and Cuba and Florida before flying over the northern Atlantic Ocean. Most of Western Europe is under cloud, and the first land that can be seen is the Alps Mountains and Croatia. The ISS then passes over the terminator line again into darkness as the moon rises in the left side of the video. As the ISS passes back over into daylight, clouds obscure most of the Earth until near the end of the video, when it passes over the Baja Peninsula and the southwestern United States.



Date posted: 2013/01/23
Compiled from frames ISS034-E-16709 to ISS034-E-18545

One Trip around the World

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on December 29, 2012 from 16:37:28 to 18:17:16 GMT, on a pass from the Gulf of Mexico, just east of Brownsville, Texas, to the northern United States, near the border of Iowa and Minnesota. This fast-paced video features one complete orbit around the Earth from the ISS. The ISS passes over the terminator line, and soon after the moon can be seen circling around the top of the video. The ISS then passes over the terminator line again into daylight as the moon sets on the horizon.



Date posted: 2013/01/23
Compiled from frames ISS034-E-12667 to ISS034-E-13665

Moonset across South America

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on December 29, 2012 from 13:15:54 to 13:19:28 GMT, on a pass from the southern Pacific Ocean, about 1000 miles west of Chile, to western Peru, just over the city of Lima. This video features the moon setting over the southern Pacific Ocean. The moon phase on 29 December 2012 was Waning Gibbous, as the actual full moon was the previous day, on 28 December 2012.



Date posted: 2013/01/23
Compiled from frames ISS034-E-11219 to ISS034-E-11433

Lightning Storms from Uganda to Zanzibar Island

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on February 18, 2012 from 00:08:25 to 00:11:31 GMT, on a pass from northern Uganda to Zanzibar Island, off the coast of eastern Africa. This night video features the ISS flying over central Africa while there are lightning storms. The quick bursts of light represent lightning in the clouds.



Date posted: 2012/10/29
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-104579 to ISS030-E-104672

Aurora Borealis from Canada to Central U.S.

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on February 7, 2012 from 09:54:04 to 10:03:59 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, west of Canada, to southwestern Illinois. This video begins as the ISS is approaching the western Canadian coastline, where the blue water of the Pacific Ocean joins the snowy mountains. The camera is pointing towards the North Pole to capture the Aurora Borealis.



Date posted: 2012/10/29
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-114986 to ISS030-E-115574

Across the Pacific Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from May 22, 2012 from 08:39:47 to 09:11:23 GMT, on a pass from southeast of New Zealand to northern Texas. This fast-paced video first features the Aurora Australis over the Southern Hemisphere as the stars shoot by over the Pacific Ocean. The video ends as the ISS travels over the southwestern United States.



Date posted: 2012/08/29
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-66034 to ISS031-E-66136

Earth from the JEM Window

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 23, 2012 from 13:02:35 to 13:19:08 GMT, on a pass from the South Atlantic Ocean, east of Brazil, to northeastern Algeria. This video mainly features the camera looking out of the JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) window over the Atlantic Ocean and Africa.



Date posted: 2012/08/29
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-154274 to ISS031-E-155267

Fast Motion through the Cupola

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 28, 2012 from 04:49:28 to 05:20:32 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, west of Mexico, to the South Atlantic Ocean, midway between South America and Africa. This video focuses on the Earth spinning quickly by through the Cupola window using long-exposure techniques on the camera.



Date posted: 2012/07/20
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-168632 to ISS031-E-168690

Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 24, 2012 from 07:09:03 to 07:13:12 GMT, on a pass from the South Atlantic Ocean, east of southern South America and north of the Falkland Islands, east over the South Atlantic Ocean. This video primarily focuses on the star field and the Milky Way (near the center of the star field) as the ISS travels over the South Atlantic Ocean. Some city lights can be seen, as well as the airglow surrounding the Earth's limb.



Date posted: 2012/07/20
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-152527 to ISS031-E-152758

Sunrise and Sunset around Summer Solstice

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 6, 2012 from 04:42:11 to 05:41:16 GMT, on a pass from the Southern Ocean, south of Tasmania, to western Africa, over northern Mali. During this video, the ISS makes an almost complete orbit around the Earth while pointing the camera towards the Northern Hemisphere around the Summer Solstice. Throughout this pass, the sun begins to set througth the solar panels on the ISS and barely touches the edge of the Earth before it begins to rise again. During the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, latitudes above approximately 67 degrees receive 24 hours of daylight.



Date posted: 2012/07/20
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-100132 to ISS031-E-103530

Tropical Storm Doksuri and Northern Australia*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 28, 2012 from 00:54:14 to 01:09:58 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of western Australia, to the North Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippine Sea. This video begins over northwestern Australia as the ISS travels northeast and over the sunglint on the Timor Sea and Arafura Sea. As the ISS continues northeast, Tropical Storm Doksuri and the storm's outflow can be seen (for more information on this tropical storm, see this NASA Earth Observatory article). The pass ends looking over the North Pacific Ocean.



Date posted: 2012/07/20
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-181672 to ISS031-E-182616

Circling the Earth

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from June 23, 2012 from 18:20:30 to 18:51:20 GMT, on a pass from northwest Iran to the Southern Ocean, south of Australia. This interesting video was taken looking out the Cupola window at a fast spinning Earth. In addition to the Earth's spin, the star field in the background can be seen rotating, which gives the perspective of the ISS circling the Earth.



Date posted: 2012/07/20
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-180064 to ISS031-E-180120

Solar Eclipse over Asia*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from May 20, 2012 from 23:34:20 to 23:42:21 GMT, on a pass from the southern Sea of Okhotsk to the eastern Philippine Sea. In this video, the astronauts captured the shadow over eastern Asia from the Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20 and 21 of 2012. This shadow is so easily spotted due to the contrast colors on the heavy clouds.



Date posted: 2012/07/09

Stars from the ISS

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from May 12, 2012 to May 18. This fast-paced video features long-exposure photography to capture star trails around the world. The astronaut has varied the look angle in each of the videos in this sequence: from looking straight ahead of the ISS to pointing the camera to capture the rotation of the stars.



Date posted: 2012/07/09

Polar Mesospheric Clouds on the Horizon*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken June 5, 2012 from 18:26:38 to 18:31:04 GMT, on a pass from western Iraq to western Uzbekistan. This video captures an atmospheric phenomenon called "Polar Mesospheric Clouds" (Click here to learn more about this type of cloud). By focusing on the limb of the Earth at night with the sun illuminating it, the crew was able to capture some movement to these mysterious clouds.



Date posted: 2012/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-97792 to ISS031-E-98058

Moon Rising over Pacific Ocean*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken May 8, 2012 from 05:02:43 to 05:14:35 GMT, on a pass from South Pacific Ocean, near French Polynesia, to the North Pacific Ocean, west of Hawaii. As this video begins, the ISS is passing over the terminator line into darkness. A crewmember inside of the Cupola then opens up the shades over the Cupola windows to observe the moon rising over the horizon.



Date posted: 2012/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS031-E-16172 to ISS031-E-16884

ISS Near Aurora Borealis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 23, 2012 from 06:05:18 to 06:30:51 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of San Francisco, to just southeast of Buenos Aires. This fast-motion video focuses on the Aurora Borealis briefly, blurred city lights, and the rotating star trails. The video ends as the solar panels obstruct the view of the stars.



Date posted: 2012/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-271717 to ISS030-E-271798

Directly over Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 25, 2012 from 20:08:44 to 20:13:23 GMT, on a pass from the southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia to the Southern Ocean, south of Australia. This video features the ISS traveling over the Aurora Australis. The green and red lights from the aurora stand out well against the dark sky and ocean.



Date posted: 2012/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-276668 to ISS030-E-276880

Passing over Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 25, 2012 from 18:28:24 to 18:39:29 GMT, on a pass from the southern Indian Ocean, west of Australia, to Southern Ocean, south of Australia. This video features the Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean. As the ISS approaches the aurora, a very nice profile (including the underside) view of the lights is seen as the ISS slowly approaches the aurora.



Date posted: 2012/06/04
Compiled from frames ISS030-E-277256 to ISS030-E-277921

Towards Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 25, 2012 from 20:03:20 to 20:11:51 GMT, on a pass from the southern Indian Ocean, midway between Madagascar and Australia, to the Southern Ocean, south of Australia. This video feautres the Aurora Australis over the Indian and Southern Oceans as the ISS approaches and flies over the aurora. Green and magenta streaks of the aurora are seen throughout the video.



Date posted: 2012/06/04
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Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 28, 2012 from 20:34:45 to 20:37:58 GMT, on a pass over the Indian Ocean, from southeast of Madagascar to east of the Kerguelen Islands. This video features the Aurora Australis over the Indian ocean taken from a panoramic view. The aurora lights are very pronounced and have distinct shapes and dances to each streak.



Date posted: 2012/06/04
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ISS over Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 28, 2012 from 20:34:45 to 20:37:58 GMT, on a pass over the Indian Ocean, from just east of the Kerguelen Islands to south of western Australia. This video features a near nadir view of the Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean. The Soyuz capsule can be seen throughout the video, as well as scattered clouds over the ocean. The Aurora Australis is seen in several streaks below the ISS.



Date posted: 2012/06/04
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Moon Rising*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken May 6, 2012 from 12:58:04 to 13:02:06 GMT, on a pass from western India to just northeast of Sri Lanka over the Bay of Bengal. This video primarily focuses on the moon rising over the horizon, as well as an astronaut in the Cupola window, observing it. At the end of the video, the astronaut pulls one of the Cupola windows closed.



Date posted: 2012/06/04
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Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 31, 2012 from 06:16:05 to 06:26:55 GMT, on a pass from just south of eastern Australia to the South Pacific Ocean. This video begins as the ISS travels over the Indian Ocean, east and then northeast to the Pacific Ocean. As the ISS travels to the east, the sun can be seen setting off in the west (away from the direction of travel). As the sun sets over the horizon, refraction from the Earth's atmosphere causes the sun to appear orange before setting behind the planet.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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Aurora Borealis over Eastern North America

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 13, 2012 from 05:54:35 to 06:00:23 GMT, on a pass from south-central Ontario to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Virginia. This video begins as the camera looks behind the ISS as it travels over southern Canada. The Aurora Borealis can be seen in several streaks to the north as the ISS travels ESE. The pass ends over New England and southern Quebec, where the lights of Montreal and Toronto can be seen, as well as the distinct shape of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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Western Europe to Sudan

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 13, 2012 from 01:17:16 to 01:32:02 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, just west of the Celtic Sea, to eastern Sudan. This video begins looking ENE towards Ireland and the United Kingdom, along with the Aurora Borealis to the far north. As the pass continues southeast over Western Europe, the cities of Paris, London, and Rotterdam can be easily seen as bright city lights. The ISS then travels passed the Italian Peninsula under heavy cloud, making the larger cities of Rome and Naples blurry. The video ends over northern Africa, looking east towards the brightly-lit Nile River Delta.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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From North America to South Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 22, 2012 from 05:25:48 to 05:57:20 GMT, on a pass from southwestern Idaho to the South Atlantic Ocean. This video was taken as the camera was pointed ENE over the northern United States and the Aurora Borealis. The ISS travels southeast over the United States in faster motion (long shutter speed). The pass continues over southeastern U.S., where the New Orleans area and the Florida Peninsula can be seen before traveling over the dark Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean islands. Continuing southeast, the ISS travels across South America, which is mostly under cloud. The pass ends over the dark Atlantic Ocean.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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ISS over Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 24, 2012 from 22:35:06 to 22:39:05 GMT, on a pass over the Indian Ocean, north of the Kerguelen Islands. This video mainly features the Aurora Australis and the Soyuz capsule as the camera is facing near nadir towards the Indian Ocean.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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European City Lights

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 14, 2012 from 00:22:19 to 00:38:34 GMT, on a pass from the Celtic Sea, just south of Ireland, to eastern Ethiopia. This video begins looking ENE over Ireland and the United Kingdom, with the Aurora Borealis faintly shining to the north. Continuing southeast over the English Channel, the bright lights of Paris and other cities can be seen. The pass continues over the eastern half of the Italian Peninsula and overlooks the Balkan Peninsula under heavy cloud before traversing over the dark Mediterranean Sea. The pass ends as the ISS continues southeast over the Red Sea, where the bright lights of Jeddah stand out.



Date posted: 2012/05/30
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Aurora Borealis across Northern United States

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 13, 2012 from 05:50:21 to 06:01:19 GMT, on a pass from southern Canada, just north of Montana, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of North Carolina. This video begins looking behind the ISS over southern Canada and the Aurora Borealis. As the ISS continues southeast towards Toronto and New England, the Great Lakes can be easily made out as dark features among many city lights. The video ends looking back at Cape Cod at night, as well as New York City, Long Island, and other New England cities.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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City Lights over Eastern United States

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 12, 2012 from 06:50:18 to 07:00:58 GMT, on a pass from northern Wisconsin to just east of Bermuda. This video begins as the camera is facing behind the ISS, looking at the larger cities of Minneapolis, and farther downtrack to Chicago and the peninsula of Michigan. As the ISS continues southeast, the cities of Detroit, as well as the Canadian city of Toronto, as seen very brightly before the ISS passes over the New England states. On the coastline, the city lights seen are those of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The video ends over the Atlantic Ocean, looking back at the island of Bermuda.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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Aurora Borealis over Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 5, 2012 from 00:44:21 to 00:50:07 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Celtic Sea, to western Poland. This video was taken as the camera looked north towards the Aurora Borealis and the United Kingdom and Ireland. Once the ISS passes over the North Sea, the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland can be seen, which are rarely able to be photographed from the ISS.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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Aurora Borealis over Western Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 01:52:41 to 02:02:57 GMT, on a pass from the Atlantic Ocean, just west of Africa, to southern Czech Republic. The first lights seen are those of the island of Madeira, off the northwestern coast of Africa. The pass continues northeast to the Iberian Peninsula, where the lights of Portual and Spain are seen before continuing into France and Germany. The city lights of Paris, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam are seen as the aurora lights up the sky.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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Aurora Borealis from California to Ontario

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 09:40:14 to 09:46:02 GMT, on a pass from northeast California to western Ontario. This video over the northern North America area mainly focuses on the Aurora Borealis and the Moon in the background.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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Sunset over China

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 13, 2012 from 11:52:36 to 11:58:15 GMT, on a pass from southeastern China to the Sea of Okhotsk. This video focuses mainly on the sun setting over the Earth's limb. Click here to learn more about sunsets seen from the International Space Station.



Date posted: 2012/05/16
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Aurora Borealis over European Lights

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 2, 2012 from 02:01:15 to 02:03:31 GMT, on a pass from the southern United Kingdom, southwest of London, to northeastern Germany, southwest of Berlin. This video begins looking east from the United Kingdom as the ISS travels southeast towards the Netherlands. The Aurora Borealis shines near a rising sun as the pass continues by looking over Denmark and southern Norway.



Date posted: 2012/04/27
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Aurora Borealis over North American Horizon

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 08:10:39 to 08:13:51 GMT, on a pass from southeastern Lake Superior, north of the upper peninsula of Michigan, to southern Quebec, southeast of Lake Manicouagan. This video mainly focuses on the Aurora Borealis over Canada, and the Moon can be seen near the bottom middle of the sequence.



Date posted: 2012/04/23
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Stars Behind the ISS

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 11, 2012 from 01:41:22 to 01:42:46 GMT, on a pass from southern Pacific Ocean, west of southern South America, to the northern Atlantic Ocean, west of Mauritania in northwestern Africa. This fast video features the stars over the western hemisphere. Astronaut Don Pettit explains the type of long-exposure tactics he uses for this type of time-lapse sequence.



Date posted: 2012/04/23
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Stars Around the World

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 10 - 11, 2012. This video is comprised of several short videos where the crew member left the shutter open for an extended amount of time to catch the moving star field. The first five videos were taken while the camera was near the glass of the window inside the Cupola, and the last three videos were taken from further inside the Cupola.



Date posted: 2012/04/09

Heading Towards Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 10, 2012 from 14:49:58 to 15:06:09 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia, to southern New Zealand. This video mainly focuses on the dynamic motion of the Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean. The video begins far enough away from the aurora so it is easy to see the underside, and as the ISS flies over, the camera captures the motion of the aurora from the top.



Date posted: 2012/04/09
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Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean 2

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 4, 2012 from 17:19:17 to 17:27:10 GMT, on a pass over the South Indian Ocean. This video again focuses on the Aurora Australis as the ISS passes over the South Indian Ocean, from northeast of the Kerugelen Islands to south of Australia. The streaks of the aurora are very visible and active in this video, as the ISS passes right over the green lights.



Date posted: 2012/03/21
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Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 10, 2012 from 14:49:58 to 15:05:37 GMT, on a pass from the South Indian Ocean to southeast New Zealand. This video mainly focuses on the Aurora Australis over the Southern Hemisphere. As the ISS traveled southeast and then northeast, the crew captured the bands of the Aurora Australis as the Milky Way made an appearance in the star field.



Date posted: 2012/03/21
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Earth Through the Cupola

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 12, 2012 from 19:18:03 to 19:30:42 GMT, on a pass from the South Indian Ocean, west of the Kerguelen Islands, to western Australia. This video was taken using a fisheye lens from inside of the Cupola. We can easily see the Earth rotating from outside of the window here, although it is heavily covered by clouds over the region. The Aurora Australis can be seen in the right side (south) of the Earth here, and near the end of the video, the lights of the city of Perth in southwestern Australia can be seen.



Date posted: 2012/03/21
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Kenya to the Aurora Australis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 3, 2012 from 17:59:48 to 18:16:25 GMT, on a pass from eastern Kenya, near the Indian Ocean, to the South Indian Ocean, east of the Kerguelen Islands. This video begins as the ISS travels southeast from eastern Africa over the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The first land we see is that of the Mauritius and Reunion Islands east of Madagascar. The pass continues over the Indian Ocean, where there are heavy clouds blocking the view of the water. Finally, the Aurora Australis begins to appear, as well as a faded view of the Milky Way.



Date posted: 2012/03/21
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Aurora Borealis over the Great Lakes and Canada

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 25, 2012 from 09:27:08 to 09:32:16 GMT, on a pass from northwestern Wisconsin to southeastern Quebec, near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This great video of the Aurora Borealis was captured as the ISS became very close to the aurora lights over Canada.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Aurora Borealis from Canada to the Central U.S.

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 7, 2012 from 09:54:04 to 10:03:59 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, west of Canada, to southwest Illinois. This video focuses on the Aurora Borealis as the ISS travels southeast from the North Pacific Ocean to the eastern United States. The full curvature of the aurora can be seen as the video progresses over Canada, along with dynamic movements and patterns.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Western United States towards Aurora Borealis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 31, 2012 from 06:53:10 to 06:57:11 GMT, on a pass from the central Baja Peninsula to northwestern Kansas. This video begins over the Pacific Ocean as the International Space Station travels northeast near the Baja Peninsula and southern California. The brightly-lit city is Los Angeles, with San Diego just to the south. As the pass continues northeast, the lights of Phoenix and Las Vegas can be seen before the clouds and snow obstruct the city lights. A brighter city appears under the cloud, which is the city of Denver. The Aurora Borealis becomes brighter as the pass continues towards the midwest.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Aurora Borealis from the Pacific Ocean to the U.S. Coast

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 8, 2012 from 10:32:23 to 10:36:25 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, south of Alaska, to the northwest corner of the United States. This video displays the Aurora Borealis over Canada and the North Pole, and shows the dynamic motions of the aurora near the beginning of the video. The pass begins looking north towards Alaska, where Anchorage can be seen faintly through the clouds and snow. The pass continues down the coastline towards the northwestern United States, where we can see the Coast Mountains and the Rocky Mountains.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Aurora Borealis from U.S. to Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 3, 2012 from 05:46:17 to 05:53:28 GMT, on a pass from southeastern Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this video, the camera is focusing on the Aurora Borealis as the ISS travels east-northeast over Ontario and Quebec. The Manicouagan Reservoir can be seen through the snow in Quebec as the pass ends over the North Atlantic Ocean.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Aurora Borealis from Pacific Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 22, 2012 from 12:09:56 to 12:15:59 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, west of San Francisco, California, to southeastern Saskatchewan. This video was taken as the ISS traveled northeast over the United States, focusing on the Aurora Borealis to the north. Obstructing the view is a pair of solar panels and a Canadian robotic arm.



Date posted: 2012/03/15
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Rotating Stars from the Cupola

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 26, 2012 from 12:28:23 to 13:02:42 GMT and 14:00:48 to 14:34:02 GMT, on a pass from central Mongolia to the South Pacific Ocean and from northern China to the South Pacific Ocean. This video is comprised of two separate videos, and both videos have shutter speeds of 30 seconds so the ground seems to be rushing by under the ISS. These two videos also provide a unique viewing experience from inside of the Cupola. The crew used a reflective sphere inside of the Cupola to attain the imagery used for this video.



Date posted: 2012/03/06
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Aurora Borealis over Canada

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 4, 2012 from 07:55:23 to 08:06:39 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, west of Oregon, to southwestern Quebec. This video was taken as the ISS traveled northeast, facing the camera towards the North Pole and focusing on the Aurora Borealis. The first land that is seen shows the snow-covered Coast and Rocky Mountains, along with the cities of Vancouver and Seattle along the coast. The rest of the pass looks at Canada under snow, as the ISS passes over arms of the Aurora.



Date posted: 2012/02/29
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Aurora Borealis over the Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 1, 2012 from 06:11:12 to 06:16:49 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Celtic Sea, northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. This video focuses mainly on the Aurora Borealis as the ISS passes over the North Atlantic Ocean. The moon is seen setting, as well as the variety of colors produced by the Aurora Borealis.



Date posted: 2012/02/22
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The Milky Way, Stars, and Aurora Borealis

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 23, 2012 from 08:01:56 to 08:16:08 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Mexico, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland. This video focuses on the stars over the Caribbean Sea, the eastern United States, and southeastern Canada. The Milky Way can be faintly seen throughout the star field as the ISS travels northeast over the Caribbean Sea and towards the southeastern United States. As the ISS continues northeast , lightning flashes can be seen over the southeastern United States before flying over Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The pass ends over southeastern Quebec and the New Brunswick area.



Date posted: 2012/02/16
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Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 2, 2012 from 05:15:04 to 05:19:01 GMT, on a pass over the North Atlantic Ocean, from east of Newfoundland and Labrador to just west of Ireland and the Celtic Sea. In this video, the camera is looking due north towards the North Pole as the ISS flies over the North Atlantic Ocean. The half circle of the Aurora Borealis can be seen very well in this video, as it circles around the North Pole with beautiful colors.



Date posted: 2012/02/16
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Aurora Borealis over Canada

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 2, 2012 from 05:07:08 to 05:15:03 GMT, on a pass from over southwestern Ohio, south of Dayton, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland and Labrador. The pass begins looking west as the International Space Station travels over the Michigan peninsula, where Chicago stands out brightly. The Aurora Borealis can be seen in the far right of the video, over Canada. The pass continues northeast over Canada, where streaks of the aurora shine brightly, and ends looking over to snow-covered Quebec and Newfoundland.



Date posted: 2012/02/16
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Aurora Borealis over North America

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 25, 2012 from 12:30:27 to 12:32:06 GMT, on a pass over the North Pacific Ocean, west of Oregon and Washington state. This short video focuses on the Aurora Borealis streaming across the North Pacific Ocean and over Canada.



Date posted: 2012/02/16
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Up the East Coast of North America

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 29, 2012 from 05:33:11 to 05:48:10 GMT, on a pass from just southwest of Mexico to the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Newfoundland. This pass begins looking over Central America towards the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern United States. As the ISS travels northeast over the gulf, some southeastern United States cities can be distinguished, like New Orleans, Mobile, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. Continuing up the east coast, some northeastern states, like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City stand out brightly along the coastline. The Aurora Borealis shines in the background as the pass finishes near Newfoundland.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Across Southwest Canada at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 25, 2012 from 12:34:11 to 12:36:28 GMT, on a pass from near the border of British Columbia and Washington state, near Vancouver Island, to southern Alberta, near Calgary. The main focus of this video is the Aurora Borealis over Canada, which appears very near the ISS during this short video.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Mexico to New Brunswick

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 30, 2012 from 06:13:36 to 06:23:09 GMT, on a pass from northern Mexico to northwest New Brunswick. This video begins looking northeast over Texas, where cities like San Antonio, Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area can be seen. Continuing northeast over the Great Plains states, cities like Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and St. Louis can be easily distinguished. The pass continues over the familiar shape of the Michigan Peninsula, with Chicago at the south edge of Lake Michigan. As the ISS continues northeast, the Aurora Borealis can be seen over Canada.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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North Dakota to Central Quebec

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 26, 2012 from 10:04:56 to 10:10:42 GMT, on a pass from North Dakota to central Quebec. This video focuses on the Aurora Borealis over Canada as the International Space Station traveled from the northern United States to eastern Canada. The aurora can be seen near the ISS, and small patches of the green light can be seen dancing around.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Central Great Plains at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 30, 2012 from 06:14:22 to 06:19:03 GMT, on a pass from northern Mexico, near the Texas/Mexico border, to eastern Indiana, near Cincinnati, Ohio. This pass begins as the International Space Station travels northeast looking northwest. The brighter city lights are those of the southwestern United States, like Phoenix and El Paso. The pass continues up the Great Plains, where the city lights of Oklahoma City and Tulsa can be seen before continuing northeast towards Kansas City. The last city that is easily seen is Chicago, while the Aurora Borealis is shining to the far north.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Aurora Borealis over the Pacific Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 25, 2012 from 12:32:06 to 12:34:10 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean to just southwest of Vancouver Island. In this video, the International Space Station approaches the Aurora Borealis from the Pacific Ocean, where the auroras can be seen dancing very near the Station.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Aurora Borealis over Northern North America and Canada

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 29, 2012 from 10:18:13 to 10:31:28 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 miles west of California, to western Quebec. This video begins as the ISS is passing over the dark waters of the North Pacific Ocean northeast towards Vancouver Island. The Aurora Borealis can be seen far north, where both the under side and top of the aurora are visible. The pass continues over Canada until the sun begins to come up in the east while over Quebec.



Date posted: 2012/02/03
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Moonset over the Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 9, 2012 from 11:45:52 to 11:55:44 GMT, on a pass over the North Atlantic Ocean. This sequence of shots was taken as the ISS was traveling northeast over the Atlantic Ocean. Beginning northeast of the Caribbean islands, the crew pointed the camera towards the full Moon to show the moon setting over the horizon. The pass ends west of Western Europe, still over the ocean.



Date posted: 2012/01/30
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Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 3, 2012 from 15:01:30 to 15:08:17 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, just west of Australia, to south of Australia, west of Tasmania. The pass begins looking eastward toward southern Australia at the Aurora Australis (click here to read about the Aurora Australis). The crew captures the aurora just before the sun begins to come up in this short video. A few orbiting satellites pass by throughout the video as well.



Date posted: 2012/01/20
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The Milky Way and Storms over Africa

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 29, 2011 from 20:55:05 to 21:14:09 GMT, on a pass from over central Africa, near southeast Niger, to the South Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. The complete pass is over southern Africa to the ocean, focusing on the lightning flashes from local storms and the Milky Way rising over the horizon. The Milky Way can be spotted as a hazy band of white light at the beginning of the video. The pass continues southeast toward the Mozambique Channel and Madagascar. The Lovejoy Comet can be seen very faintly near the Milky Way. The pass ends as the sun is rising over the dark ocean.



Date posted: 2012/01/17
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Lovejoy Comet Video Montage

This video montage was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken between December 21, 2011 and December 26, 2011. The series of four videos in this montage all show the Lovejoy Comet from different viewing perspectives from around the Southern Hemisphere. The first video is from just west of South America, looking east from the Pacific Ocean. The second video was taken from southeastern Philippines to eastern Queensland, Australia. The third video was taken over Madagascar while the International Space Station was traveling southeast. The bright orange and yellow colors near the Earth on the bottom of the video is light from the Sun being distorted by our atmosphere. The last video, which has been individually published on our website, was taken on one of the first nights the comets could be seen from Earth, as the ISS was traveling southeast from northeast Australia to New Zealand.



Date posted: 2012/01/05

Stars over Western Europe and the Sahara Desert

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 22, 2011 from 22:31:32 to 22:45:29 GMT, on a pass starting northwest of Spain, near the Bay of Biscay, to northern Africa, near the border of Sudan and South Sudan. The main point of focus on this video is the star field above the Earth's atmospheric limb. The video begins over the Bay of Biscay and captures the star field as the ISS travels southeast toward central Africa.



Date posted: 2012/01/05
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Aurora Borealis over Europe and the Middle East

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 21, 2011 from 18:43:53 to 18:56:44 GMT, on a pass from central Poland to northern India, over New Delhi. Throughout this video, the astronauts have the camera set up to look due north toward the pole. The pass begins looking toward the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, where larger cities like Stockholm, Helsinki, and Riga stand out. As the pass continues southeast, Moscow stands out well as a large, bright city among smaller cities. The Aurora Borealis shines brightly to the north of these cities. Finally, the pass ends over northern India.



Date posted: 2012/01/05
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Lovejoy Comet Flies over Southern Hemisphere

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 21, 2011 from 17:35:50 to 17:43:02 GMT, on a pass from eastern Australia southeast to New Zealand. This brief video features the Lovejoy Comet, which passed by the sun around December 16, and was seen over the Southern Hemisphere near the South Pacific countries.



Date posted: 2011/12/22
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Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 11, 2011 from 01:35:52 to 01:45:54 GMT, on a pass from northeast of Nova Scotia to northern Italy. In this video, the camera is pointing toward the north as the ISS passes from an ascending to a descending orbit pass. As the ISS tracks over the North Atlantic Ocean, the camera captures the Aurora Borealis before flying over Western Europe.



Date posted: 2011/12/20
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Across the Northern United States at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 15, 2011 from 03:42:54 to 03:52:36 GMT, on a pass from just west of San Francisco, California over the Pacific Ocean to the southern tip of the Hudson Bay. The video begins as the ISS is just west of San Francisco flying northeast. The coastal lights distinguish the land and water here. The pass continues northeast toward Wyoming and North Dakota, before crossing over into Canada. From here, the Aurora Borealis is seen, with an interesting looking angle from underneath the lights. A blanket of clouds cover Manitoba and Ontario as the ISS tracks closer to the Northern Lights.



Date posted: 2011/11/22
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Stars over Africa

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 22, 2011 from 00:28:42 to 00:48:45 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, just west of Portugal and Spain, to northwest of Mozambique in southeastern Africa. This video begins just northwest of the United Kingdom and shows the ISS traveling southeast towards Africa. The camera points at the skies, capturing clusters of stars as they fly by.



Date posted: 2011/11/07
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Progress 42P Re-Entering Earth's Atmosphere

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 29, 2011 from 12:49:23 to 12:54:07 GMT, on a pass starting about 900 miles east of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean traveling southeastward. This brief video was compiled from a sequence of shots taken after the Progress 42P vehicle undocked from the ISS. This vehicle brought the crew supplies on October 29, 2011, and undocked later that day. This video shows the vehicle burning up in the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.



Date posted: 2011/11/01
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Western Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 15, 2011 from 00:47:28 to 01:02:56 GMT, on a pass beginning over the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Island of Newfoundland to the northern part of the Red Sea, over the Gulf of Suez and the Sinai Peninsula. At the beginning of the video, the Aurora Borealis can be seen in the far left along with clouds over the North Atlantic Ocean. Tracking southeast, the first view of lights is from the United Kingdom (Ireland, uptrack from the UK, is under cloud), with cities like Liverpool and London showing up nicely. Across the English Channel, the cities of Brussels and Rotterdam (left) and Paris (brightly-lit city west of Brussels) all stand out through a network of smaller cities in Western Europe (click here to for our article about Northwestern Europe and how to find the major cities). The pass continues over the snow-covered Alps and to the Italian Peninsula, where lightning storms cover the southern half of the peninsula. The ISS then tracks over the Mediterranean Sea, with Greece to the left of track, northern Africa right of track, and the island of Crete. Finally, the pass finishes near the Nile River Delta and the Red Sea.



Date posted: 2011/10/27
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Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 18, 2011 from 07:09:06 to 07:27:42 GMT, on a pass from just south of Alaska to eastern Cuba. The camera used for this imagery was north-facing, so the Aurora Borealis stay visible throughout the video. Lights from southern Canada show up before passing into central North America. Through the clouds, the peninsula of Michigan can be seen, with Chicago brightly lit at the south end of Lake Michigan. A few lightning storms can be seen in the large cloud mass over the Central United States. Finally, many large cities can be seen on the East Coast of the United States, including Atlanta, Georgia. Near the end of the video, the eastern half of the Florida peninsula can be seen, as well as the lighter shallow waters of the Bahamas.



Date posted: 2011/10/21
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Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 16, 2011 from 09:07:37 to 09:24:10 GMT, on a pass beginning just south of the Gulf of Alaska in the eastern Pacific Ocean to Central America near the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. The Aurora Borealis is shown near the beginning of the video over Canada as the ISS continues the pass southeast into North America. The first lights seen on the coast of the western United States are those of southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and Washington state. The pass continues through the Rocky Mountains, where Denver, Colorado can be easily spotted as a bright cluster of lights amongst many strings of smaller cities. Finally, the pass follows down the central part of the United States, showing the bright cities of Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas. The lights of oil platforms just south of Louisiana can be spotted as smaller lights in the Gulf of Mexico. The pass ends over the Caribbean Sea.



Date posted: 2011/10/21
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Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East

This video over Central Africa and the Middle East was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken October 1, 2011 from 21:20:24 to 21:41:24 GMT, on an ascending pass from just southwest of Cote d'Ivoire in Africa to southern Russia. At the beginning of the video, thunderstorms can be seen in western Africa. The first lights that are visible is along the Nile River in Egypt near the Mediterranean Sea and through Israel and Lebanon along the coast (click here to read our article on the Nile River Delta). Further down the pass and into the Middle East, the Baku Peninsula brightly sticks out into the Caspian Sea. The pass ends over southern Russia, looking northeastward toward the Aurora Borealis.



Date posted: 2011/10/11
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Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night

This video of the United States at night and the Aurora Borealis was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 29, 2011 from 07:58:04 to 08:09:47 GMT, on an ascending pass from southwestern United States up to southeastern Quebec. The outline of the Michigan peninsula can be clearly seen approximately halfway through the video, with well-known cities like Chicago standing out well (click here to read our article featuring a still image from this video). The haze seen over the bright lights on the surface are likely night time clouds over the area. Near the end of the video, the Aurora Borealis over eastern Canada can be seen until the sunrise in the east slowly comes out.



Date posted: 2011/10/05
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Aurora Australis 2

Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 18, 2011 from 11:54:56 to 12:18:33 GMT, on an ascending pass from south of Australia in the Southern Pacific Ocean to the Northern Pacific Ocean, west of Central America. Moving lights can be seen several times throughout the video, and the most likely explanation is that these are satellites illuminated by the sun. The Milky Way can be clearly seen rotating slowly through the frames. The glow from the computer screens inside of the cabin is seen throughout the video near the solar panels.



Date posted: 2011/09/28
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Aurora Australis 1

Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 17, 2011 from 17:22:27 to 17:37:21 GMT, on an ascending pass from south of Madagascar to just southwest of Australia over the Indian Ocean.



Date posted: 2011/09/22
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Aurora Australis south of Australia

Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 28 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 11, 2011 from 13:45:06 to 14:01:51 GMT, from a descending pass near eastern Australia, rounding about to an ascending pass to the east of New Zealand.



Date posted: 2011/09/22
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Hurricane Irene Hits the US

This series of still frames was taken as the International Space Station was tracking northeastward toward the eastern coast of the United States. The imagery was taken by the Expedition 28 crew on August 26, 2011, from 20:28:27 - 20:30:22 GMT (4:28:27 - 4:30:22 EDT). The astronauts onboard the ISS captured this series of still frames as Hurricane Irene, a category 1 storm at the time, made landfall into the coast of North Carolina.



Date posted: 2011/09/22
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Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean

Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 28 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 7, 2011 from 17:38:03 to 17:49:15 GMT, from the French Southern and Antarctic Lands in the South Indian Ocean to southern Australia.



Date posted: 2011/09/22
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