James Drake created this epic time-lapse by downloading and compiling hundreds of still images taken by NASA's International Space Station as it orbited the planet at night. The photos are publicly available on the NASA site, the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. To fully appreciate the stunning detail, watch full screen in 1080 HD.

For more videos from James Drake, visit his blog, Infinity Imagined. For more photographs from NASA, visit http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/.

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