Just about any view from the International Space Station is spectacular--and perhaps that's not surprising since the ISS orbits Earth at a speed of 5 miles per second, 240 miles above our planet's surface.
But a series of luminous time-lapse videos from the ISS stitched together is, well, absolutely breathtaking. Just have a look at the YouTube video above, entitled "The World Outside My Window." It features time-lapses from ISS expeditions 29, 30, and 31.
The goal of producing the video, according to the brief text that accompanies it, is to "bring a bit more attention to the station itself, including the humans aboard it, particularly Don Pettit (appearing in the final shot) who took many of the sequences in this montage."
The video certainly offers some amazing glimpses of the station itself, but we have to say that nothing compares to the beauty of the planet passing silently below.
If you liked this, check out "All Alone in The Night," a time-lapse that captures incredible nighttime views of the aurora australis, a.k.a. the southern lights.