This Astounding Orbital Time Lapse Will Blow Your Brains (Out in Space)

By Sam Biddle on at

Ok -- that last flyby video from the International Space Station was totally mesmerising. But, as if the new mission of the space station is to shock earthlings with amazing imagery, here's one that's even better. So. Much. Glowing.

I know setting the video to All of the Lights probably would have been a mistake from a licensing/not getting sued by Kanye West-angle, but maybe go ahead and play it yourself while watching this thing fullscreened.

The video, compiled by Michael König, combines "photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011." König says the video is the result of some post-production tweaking—it's been "refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc."—but there's no software gimmick that can match up to being slapped in the face with the Aurora Borealis in HD. I wanted to file this under "looks so good it can't possibly be real," but this is the real deal—all the goods come straight from NASA.

The only remaining question is, why does earth look so impossibly spectacular from up there, and so mediocre from where I'm sitting? [Michael König via Kottke]