NASA time-lapse of Earth is actually mesmerizing

Footage taken from the International Space Station with a special low-light 4K camera offers some of the more moving pictures of our tiny planet.

Every time I see a time-lapse film, I think one thing: "They're about to sell me a car."

Yet this particular piece of footage, taken from the International Space Station between August and October this year, is curiously mesmerizing.

Taken with a special low-light 4K camera, it manages to show the world as, well, other-worldly.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Posted to Vimeo by the film's editor, Michael Koenig, it melds the passing of time over various continents and timezones into a quite stunning impression of a planet that still enjoys life and beauty, even if it's not always immediately visible.

Even the Northern Lights seem even more magical than usually promised.

It's a five-minute whole that somehow manages to remove the mind from the deep, dark hole of financial crises, political debates, bankrupt nations and crushing inequality that is occurring beneath the lights and the clouds.

There are some days when it is surely not so bad to be an astronaut.

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