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Watch the Milky Way spin

19 Jan 2012, 23:58 UTC
Watch the Milky Way spin
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The International Space Station's crew has been sending down tons of stunning imagery of the planet below, but the main appeal of this video goes in a different direction — toward the gorgeous galaxy right above our heads.
The time-lapse video is based on pictures taken on …

Time-lapse video from the International Space Station shows off the Milky Way.By Alan BoyleThe International Space Station's crew has been sending down tons of stunning imagery of the planet below, but the main appeal of this video goes in a different direction — toward the gorgeous galaxy right above our heads.The time-lapse video is based on pictures taken on Dec. 29 while the space station sailed high above Africa, crossing over to the South Indian Ocean. You can make out the flashes of lightning storms, and if you look very closely you can see the long streak of Comet Lovejoy against the backdrop of the Milky Way. The best frame for seeing the comet comes around the 12-second mark in the 23-second clip displayed above. If you need help spotting it, play this YouTube alternative. Here's the HD version from NASA.To see the latest and greatest time-lapse and still imagery from the ...

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