The exquisitely beautiful view from the ISS at night: Our planet like you've never seen it before! (video)

View from ISS at night photo
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Earth is a knockout beauty

Looking for beauty at night, we tend to look up at the vast universe... if there's not too much light pollution and we can see anything. But it's not the only beauty to be found at night. Rather than look up, those on the International Space Station (ISS) can look down and enjoy an amazing view, full of colorful lights and a mix of natural and human patterns in the landscape.

See for yourself, it's worth it (make sure to watch in full screen in HD):

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Knate Myers used the NASA photos to put this wonderful timelapse video together:

Every frame in this video is a photograph taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). I created this timelapse on a long weekend after discovering the image library online. I used Photoshop and Sony Vegas to edit and compile the footage. The music is a track from one of my favorite sci-fi movies, Sunshine. I thought the music and imagery would fit well together.

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Images Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, eol.jsc.nasa.gov. All work published by NASA is public domain.

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Isn't this amazing? That's us, down there.

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See also: The full story behind Earthrise, the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement

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