by Tristan Rayner in Video on Wednesday 21 September 2011

Flying over the Earth sounds amazing, but it is actually even more ridiculously awesome than what you first thought. The boffins at NASA captured a time-lapse video from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits the planet at night, starting over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. The storms and lightning are just one mind-boggling aspect to watch out for, all in 1080p!

The ISS travels over the following (in order)Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.