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I'm a cellular biology student at UCF by day, and a bartender by night. I love science, the outdoors, rowing, and dancing. I listen to many genres of music, but I enjoy trance and dubstep the most. Also, I play too many games.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

ISS Passes Over Stormy Africa (w/Milky Way)

I just found this video somewhere and just had to share it! It's the International Space Station passing over Africa, from Niger to the South Indian Ocean.

Wishing I was an astronaut!

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.

Video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Via the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth


  1. Cool stuff. If you ever want to turn the tables on the ISS, you an track its location and plan sightings via this NASA site:

  2. ISS gets a lot of beautiful views. Lucky to be up there. Though I suppose it gets boring sometimes. But that view..worth it.