Video: Perhaps the Best HD View of Earth From Space Ever

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I see a lot of footage of the Earth from space, and let's be honest, it's all pretty good. Our planet is beautiful from above and as cameras have improved, the views we get of the Earth from orbit get better, too.

This particular video, though, is the best that I've seen. The footage is from NASA, but the editing is courtesy of Michael König. He selected a series of stunning shots of city lights at night and beautiful aurorae. This is meditation moviemaking.

So, turn off the lights, relax your muscles, and hit play.

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Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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