Just One More Seriously Breathtaking Video of the Earth From Space

Christoph Malin "stacked" still images shot from the International Space Station to create stunning trails of light. 

By now you've probably seen one of the many gorgeous time-lapse videos created with photographs taken by the crew of the International Space Station. Yeah, yeah, pretty cool. But just when you think you've seen all the beauty that space has to offer, along comes this gem: Christoph Malin's twist on the genre.

The photographer "stacked" still images shot from the Space Station to create stunning trails of light, revealing the path of the spacecraft's orbit around the planet and the rotation of the stars beyond. "Stacks make interesting patterns visible, for example lightning corridors within clouds," Malin explains; "One can also sometimes recognize satellite tracks and meteors -- patterns that are not amongst the main star trails." All the images are courtesy of NASA's Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

For more work by Christoph Malin, visit http://www.christophmalin.com/.

Via Alan Taylor

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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