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A Ride on the Space Station

According to Universe Today, science educator James Drake made this time-lapse sequence from photographs shot through the front of the International Space Station.

It starts over the Pacific then continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

Some of the cities, countries and landmarks you can see include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix, and on into New Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Watch for the lightning storms in the Pacific Ocean before the sequence continues to Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon.

The thin yellow arc above the earth is the ionosphere.

In case you were wondering, it takes about 90 minutes for the space station to orbit the earth.

The photos were downloaded from
The Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth

Drake has more images of the universe on his blog:

Thanks to @JordanFehr for the link.

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