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An Orbital View Over Africa (VIDEO)

20 Jan 2012, 22:23 UTC
An Orbital View Over Africa (VIDEO)
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Can’t see the video below? Click here. One of the latest uploads to the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth site, this short-but-oh-so-sweet video shows the view from the Space Station as it passes over Africa, Madagascar and the southern Indian Ocean at night on December 29, 2011. Multiple lightning storms flash over Africa while [...]

Can’t see the video below? Click here.

One of the latest uploads to the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth site, this short-but-oh-so-sweet video shows the view from the Space Station as it passes over Africa, Madagascar and the southern Indian Ocean at night on December 29, 2011. Multiple lightning storms flash over Africa while the Milky Way rises majestically behind the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere, capped by a greenish layer of airglow. Also making an appearance is Comet Lovejoy, at the time two weeks after its near-fatal sunburn. It can be made out rising near the Milky Way’s right side, its faint tail vertical.

This video has made the rounds on the ‘net over the past couple of days, appearing on several news sites and gathering quite a few hits on my YouTube channel (at the time of this writing, about 160,000!)
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