Orange County, California from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth From Space series and features a look at Orange County, California.

These images were captured by the Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission and show the coastal plains of the Los Angeles basin in the upper left, along with the Santa Ana Mountains running through the middle.

The Santa Ana Mountains have a more moist western slope and a dry eastern slope due to air masses from the Pacific bringing rain to land until the mountains block them from moving further east.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Aurora over the Great Lakes


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a the glowing aurora over the Great Lakes.

The clip was assembled using images captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on board the International Space Station.

Nespoli has been on the space station as part of the Italian Space Agency’s long-term VITA mission and returned to Earth this week.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

A timelapse trip from Spain to Russia


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a timelapse trip from Spain to Russia.

The clip was assembled using images captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on board the International Space Station.

Nespoli is on the space station as part of the Italian Space Agency’s long-term VITA mission.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Glowing aurora over North America


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at the glowing aurora over North America.

The timelapse clip was composed of a series of daytime photos taken by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

Nespoli is on board the International Space Station as part of the Italian Space Agency’s long-term VITA mission.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Toulouse, France as seen from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at the city of Toulouse, France.

Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, with just over 1.3 million full-time inhabitants.

It is nicknamed “the Pink City” due to the terracotta bricks used in the local architecture. The pink colors can even be seen in these images taken from space.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

A timelapse trip over Australia


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a timelapse trip over Australia.

These images were captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli during the daytime on board the International Space Station.

Nespoli is working on the space station as part of the Italian Space Agency’s long-term VITA mission.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

The Amazon River seen from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the Amazon River as seen from space.

The clip was captured flying over northern Brazil where the Amazon empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The water appears brown due to suspended sediment and flows from the lower left through the upper right.

These images were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Les Deux Alpes in France


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at Les Deux Alpes in France.

The village of Les Deux Alpes sits at 1,650 meters above sea level, located not far from Mont Blanc, the largest mountain in western Europe.

These images were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Thurston Island in Antarctica


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at Thurston Island.

Thurston Island is the third largest island in Antarctica, measuring 134 miles long and 56 miles wide with a total of 6,062 square miles in area. It was initially thought to be a peninsula and it wasn’t until 1960 that scientists realized it was separated from the mainland.

These images were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Flying over India and China


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at a trip over India and China.

The timelapse clip was captured by ESA astronaut Tim Peake on board the International Space Station during his six-month Principia mission.

The International Space Station travels at a speed of 28,800 kilometers per hour, so it only takes 90 minutes to circle the Earth completely.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

The Swiss Alps seen from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the Swiss Alps.

Several lakes are visible in the images, including Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the center and Lake Lucerne in the upper right. Also visible is the Aletsch Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Alps.

These images were acquired by the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Cities of Europe at night


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a variety of different European cities at night.

The clip was captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is on board the International Space Station as part of the Italian Space Agency’s VITA mission.

Beginning with Lisbon and Madrid, the space station makes its way over Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples, then to Athens with Cairo and Beirut in the distance.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency