“The World Below”

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Since the first cosmonauts and astronauts entered orbit around our planet, they’ve held a unique perspective. Thanks to the timelapse photography of recent astronauts aboard the ISS and the editing skills of photographer Bruce W. Berry, Jr, the rest of us can enjoy a taste of that viewpoint. Turn up the volume, fire up the big screen, and enjoy.

I particularly like how several of the sequences show off the depth of the atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere is incredibly thin compared to the size of our planet – less than one percent of Earth’s radius – but thanks to the shadows that clouds cast on one another, you can really appreciate their height in sequences like the one at 2:26. (Video credit: B. Berry, Jr. using NASA footage)

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