Jaw-Dropping Time-Lapse Shots of Earth

Between August and October of this year, the crew onboard the International Space Station used a Nikon D3S (at high ISOs) to capture photographs of Earth as they zipped around it at 17,000mph. Michael Konig then took the footage and compiled it into this eye-popping time-lapse video showing what our planet looks like from up there.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

  • Flgraphics

    very cool, but it’s a bit fast.. I kinda wish they had slowed it down a bit

    also… one thing I get from this is that we are so overpopulated it’s not even funny. The lights from cities are everywhere and so big and bright!! yikes. Too many people

  • Terrance Lam


  • Excel Spreadsheet

    It’s not a “special low light 4K camera” but rather an ordinary Nikon D3S. You can download all of the images from NASA at

  • Michael Zhang


  • Amelia

    Wonder what the flashing bluish lights are.. 

  • Amy

    Um horrible song choice.  Could have improved the presentation with a better song pick.  Other than that, pretty awesome shots!

  • Michael Zhang

    Those are flashes of lightning

  • Amelia

    Oh duh! That makes sense. Thank you! :)

  • Brandon


  • Mann_mathew

    Those lights are so bright, they’re either enhanced or fake I’d bet

  • Guy

    “Amazing”, “Incredible”, “Stunning” … I see the standard headline cliches for photoblogs were finally beaten to death and we’re onto “jaw-dropping” now. What’s next? “Load-blowing”? “Bowel-loosening”?

  • Anonymous

    So these are really just normal photographs at high ISO? Never seen anything like it… tone-mapping?

  • David

    Just what I was thinking

  • JayX

    It’s not a song to be a pedant…  I rather like the tune and would like to know who it is by.

  • Deanvroman

    I would like this as a screen saver… can I get it?

  • Kensklute

    Is there anyplace where we can get to see this piece? It seems to have disappeared with the closing of the youtube account. Please advise so we can see!!

  • Divadoof

    Again, you are truly a master of….the obvious.

  • Fred

    You can still find it on Michael König’s website

  • sascha