In one of the most-remarkable time-lapse videos you’re likely to ever see, a collection of 12,500 photos have been turned into a six-minute loop. The photos are all taken from the International Space Station, and is put together by the European Space Agency (ESA). Alexander Gerst was the individual who managed to catch the 12,500 photographs that were used, which actually makes the time-lapse video even more impressive.
Not only does the video use a remarkable number of images, but the images were all captured by the same individual from the space station. Some of the things that were included were shots of the Milky Way, lightning, various cities, and even the auroras. That being said, Gerst had become a celebrity in his own right as he spent the last year of his time on the International Space Station – and simultaneously uploading a variety of photos to Twitter for social media users to view.
The spectacular shots were the culmination of a kind of work that hasn’t been capture to this point. While photos in space have been captured by various crafts, people, and agencies collectively – the work of one individual is probably not nearly as well-known, or as well-documented as the work of Gerst. This time-lapse video is really just a culmination of his work over the years.
In a written statement, Gerst pointed out that “Seen from a distance, our planet is just a blue dot, a fragile spaceship for humankind. We need to understand the Universe we live in to protect our home.” While the video might not have the greatest amount of scientific value, it definitely holds weight in quantifying the work we’re doing in space as a race. Humans are constantly pushing the envelope in space, and ultimately that is the goal everyone is racing toward.
NASA though released a stunning video of the sun in the last week around the solar flare peak – which occurred last week. This solar flare video that has been making its way around the internet is just another example of humans actually seeing the scope of the work and learning that is happening in space.
Interestingly, NASA also looked at the effect of holiday lights around Christmastime in the United States. In fact, the researchers were able to even see a 20-40% increase in lighting from a satellites perspective, compared to the rest of the year. Specifically it gave those researchers the ability to really look at the specifics of different socio-economic factors that would ultimately have an impact on how people live – and how people consume energy. Which is always a big topic, inside and outside the United States.