Moving Images from Space

September 26, 2011

One of the most popular trending videos of last week was this stunning footage compiled from photographs taken by the International Space Station of Earth at night. The images, which are made publicly available via NASA's website, were translated into video by yesterday2221 and that dazzling clip has now been seen over 4.7 million times in the past eight days, drawing as many as 1.7 million views from around the world last Monday.

The clip has since inspired a number of other space enthusiasts to create similar videos using NASA imagery of our planet. For example, here's a video depicting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

NASA has posted these types of composite videos as well as other footage from the ISS in the past. Most notably, imagery of major storms affecting the United States: