Science teacher James Drake has compiled over 600 images from the International Space Station (ISS) into 60 seconds of video that captures what it feels like to fly over the Earth a night.
"This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy," Drake wrote on his YouTube page.
Astronauts aboard the ISS estimate that they experience this night flight around the world about 14 times a day.
Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube Sept. 15, 2011.