The Milky Way and Storms over Africa [video]

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NASA video posted January 18, 2012

The following video has been created by the Crew Earth Observations team at Johnson Space Center from a series of still images taken onboard the International Space Station.

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 29, 2011 from 20:55:05 to 21:14:09 GMT, on a pass from over central Africa, near southeast Niger, to the South Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. The complete pass is over southern Africa to the ocean, focusing on the lightning flashes from local storms and the Milky Way rising over the horizon. The Milky Way can be spotted as a hazy band of white light at the beginning of the video. The pass continues southeast toward the Mozambique Channel and Madagascar. The Lovejoy Comet can be seen very faintly near the Milky Way. The pass ends as the sun is rising over the dark ocean.

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  1. _thethinredline_ 39 months ago | reply

    thank you so much!

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  5. Sprengben [why not get a friend] 39 months ago | reply

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  7. quader™ [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

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  9. BobWeaver4 39 months ago | reply

    I remember, when I was a kid, seeing the Milky Way in the night sky. Now, because or light pollution, I am lucky if I see more than a hand full of stars at night. Beautiful images.

  10. Milan Karakas 39 months ago | reply

    We live on a truly amazing planet.

  11. RomanGlass* 39 months ago | reply

    wow.... what an incredible view.... wow!!

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