Wednesday, March 6

An Overview Of Earth 2011

Either at night or during the day the view of Earth from onboard the International Space Station looks spectacular. The lights, the storms, the sparkling water, it’s fortunate that the astronauts witness this so that we may see and hear about it.
We can watch this for ourselves and even if not comprehending the full meaning of the overview effect, at least we can say we saw what it was like on video.

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Time lapse sequences of 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.
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.
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I thought we could compare the same type of earth surface footage only digital, by Adobe Aftereffects-Realistic Earth.
A video with some rotating earth footage. The pictures were 6400x3200 pixels large. For the Flares I used, video copilots optical flares and for the music, Pro Scores.
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I like to see the Earth spinning with the clouds passing over it as the land spins underneath. The lights are just fantastic, especially when seeing one side of the Earth dark and the other with the Sun on it.
I get dizzy watching these videos so as much as I’d like to experience space it’s better left to professionals like the astronauts. It makes me wonder though, how long before a person will be able to go up in space for a few hours for the view?
Source: YouTube & Wikipedia
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The Overview Effect refers to learning firsthand, the reality of the Earth in space from the astronaut's point of view.Thanks for stopping by; your comments are greatly appreciated and may your view be an Overview.