The Planet Earth Appears in a Time-lapse Movie

Just a quick post to share a cool time-lapse movie we discovered recently.  This one is really quite impressive and clearly illustrates the power of time-lapse photography.

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at 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, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.


Have you seen any great time-lapse movies that you’d like to share?  Please add them in the comments.




About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on November 28, 2011, in Time-lapse. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Tim Lowe of and Terje Sorgjerd of do some of the best timelapse photography I’ve ever seen. Of course, this one is quite literally out of this world! 🙂

  2. Really amazing!!!

    Did you ever think of a tutorial on how to do a time lapse on your iPhone?