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RED Epic Dragon captures stunning time-lapse aurora footage

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

NASA has released a astonishing time-lapse video of planet Earth as seen in 4K high end of the International Space Station. The video serves as a reminder of the complicated interactions constantly delivering place between planet Earth’s atmosphere and the relentless stream of particles emanating of our Sun.

Beyond the obvious scientific applications of planet Earth imagery, astonishing vistas of our planet taken of space have become a regular showcase for NASA’s astounding public outreach program. They grant a rare sense of point of view, serving as a reminder that we are in the grand scheme is things a quite tiny part of a larger universe.

planet Earth imagery has taken a number of large leaps forward in new years. With the successful insertion of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) into its operational orbit in February 2015, fresh shots of the full disk of our planet are readily on the market for the initially time in the history of our young species, with new images uploaded equite day.

In January 2015, the crew of the ISS took receipt of a RED Epic Dragon camera. The imaging device, that is of the same create as the camera utilized to movie Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, has been put to great use delivering the public the top resolution views of low-planet Earth orbit to date.

The RED Epic Dragon camera imaged between two NASA ExtraVehicular Mobility Units (EMUs)

The camera, that is capable of movieing 300 frames per 2nd in 6K high end (6144 x 3160 pixels), had previously been utilized to show the lighter side of life in space by movieing Terry Virts playing with a water bubble and an effervescent tablet (because there is no such thing as boredom in space).

To capture footage for the newly-released video, astronaut Tim Peak secured the Epic Dragon to the interior of the ISS’s Cupola. From this position the camera recorded several time-lapse videos that were edited together to form the new release. The time-lapse shows the spin of the planet Earth relative to the station delivering into view astonishing aurorae, city lights and sporadic thunderstorms.

Scroll down to view the new NASA video.

Source: NASA (YouTube)

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