Earth from orbit, the surface of Mars, the Sun up close, and more

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I think that if there is something that will never stop surprising me, it is The vastness of the Universe and all that it contains. What’s more, you don’t even have to go far, the Earth itself, the neighboring Mars or the Sun of our system are already exciting by themselves. You just have to watch them in 4K or even 8K resolutions to realize it.


the visual artist Sean Doran seems to share this obsession with me. For years he has been making spectacular space videos using stock images and videos that have been published by different special agencies such as NASA, ESA or JAXA. The result? Hours and hours of hypnotic views of the Earth and other stars close to us. Without further ado, let’s see some of them.

A full orbit from the ISS to Earth

We begin this journey with a full orbit from the International Space Station to Earth. The video is a time lapse absolutely no cutting and made thanks to 9,966 photographs taken by ISS Expedition 57 on October 6, 2018. During the hour and a half that the video lasts (and the complete return of the ISS to Earth) we see how it flies over Antarctica, South America, the Atlantic Ocean, Spain, France, Central Europe , Northern Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and back to Antarctica.

The immensity of a super typhoon…

In the northwestern Pacific Ocean In August 2015, Super Typhoon Atsani occurred.. The Japanese agency JAXA managed to capture it from space in all its splendor. A spiral of clouds with a well-defined eye that is visually splendid from above, but better not to be near it on Earth.

…and a sand storm

As if the super typhoon was not enough, more natural events that can be catastrophic for humans. In the following video we can see how a sand storm over gigantic Australia.

And without leaving Australia, the fires that devastated the country at the end of 2019. Four days of fires (December 30 to January 2) compressed into four minutes Of video. You can see how from the east coast of Australia the reddish cloud of smoke crosses the ocean until it reaches New Zealand (about 1,800 kilometers away).

The Moon in black and white

Leveraging the capabilities of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to obtain three-dimensional data on the lunar surface, Seán Doran has created an impressive “virtual flight” across the surface of our satellite. Perfect to see more closely what the craters of the Moon are like and in general the particular topology it has. By the way, related to this we have previously seen a detailed 100 megapixel photograph of the Moon and also other videos similar to this but of specific areas of the Moon.

This is how the International Space Station has solved one of its great challenges: the IBM engineer who has led this NASA project explains it to us

The Mediterranean at night

Flying over North Africa thanks to NASA images in this video we can see in the distance the Iberian Peninsula, Italy illuminated in all its splendor, Greece and part of the Middle East. All of them united by the common link, the Mediterranean Sea.

The Sun in 8K…

In early 2020 we were able to capture the highest resolution and most detailed photograph ever taken of the Sun. Its surface is… curious, and different from what one imagines. But more curious is to see the Sun in full and in 8K resolution in action.

…and the angry Sun

There is nothing more necessary and at the same time more dangerous in our Solar System than the Sun itself. Necessary and essential for life, but better not to get too close. In the following render based on real data we can see how they are the eruptions that occur in the starwhich is constantly active.

Earth, off

This is by far my favorite video. Generally when we see satellite images of the Earth it is either day or night showing the cities illuminated (as an example the Mediterranean at night seen previously). Not this time. The video made from NASA photographs shows us what it’s like Earth from space, at night and without lights. It is the light of the Moon that is slightly illuminating the immensity of the ocean. Definition of calm.

mars full color

The Red Planet is actually not that red. As we have already seen, Mars has its peculiarities in this aspect and there the sunsets are blue and the days are red. But its surface, if you’ve always pictured it as a barren desert (Mars movies do this a disservice), you’re kind of wrong. Using images from HiRISE, the camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we see what the neighboring planet’s surface looks like in color. We’ll see what Perseverance sends us after her spectacular landing on Mars.

simply auroras

Needless to say anything more, because everyone knows how amazing the auroras are.

Via | Sean Doran

I think that if there is something that will never stop surprising me, it is The vastness of the Universe…

I think that if there is something that will never stop surprising me, it is The vastness of the Universe…

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