As the International Space Station zooms across the planet at 17,227 miles per hour at an altitude of 200 miles, it captures amazing images of our planet from a perspective rarely comprehended by most people living on the surface.
The imagery shown in the video below was stitched together from photos taken at one-second intervals as the space station on an extraordinary clear night traveled northeast from the Gulf of Mexico across the eastern United States during the end of January, 2012.
The geographical area seen throughout the 60-second video covers land from just west of the Mississippi river all the way across to the east coast, which populates approximately 200 Million People!
It is interesting to see the display of electricity and lines of distribution from city to city, the lifeblood which keeps the system functioning. Can you imagine all of this flickering off if a ‘Carrington-event’ solar eruption were to happen, affecting hundreds of millions of people?
The glow and sheets of the aurora borealis can be clearly seen to the north, as the earth battles with solar radiation from the sun, the very same phenomenon which would explode into brilliance and encompass much of the earth should a major solar event occur.
As you watch the video, marvel at what you are seeing, but also think about the dependance and reliance that we all have on our electrical grid.