Merging 600 images of the Earth that were taken by astronauts from space since the 1960s, science teacher James Drake has created a time-lapsed 60-second video to give the illusion of how astronauts from the International Space Station see the Earth.

The one-minute video that starts in the Pacific Ocean and flies over North and South America and before sunrise over Antarctica gives you the sense that you are flying over earth yourself.


On his blog, Drake describes the video as A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

According to Darke, “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 Fransisco, 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.