A couple of days ago APOD posted a time-laspe video of the International Space Station (ISS) making its 3 hour trip around our humble plant. In this trip the ISS speeds over the night half of the earth, i.e. average ground speed of ~28,000 Km/h, starting somewhere over the northern Pacific Ocean, down the along the coastline of North and South America then ending around Antarctica as the sun rises on the horizon. Check out the 1080p version...
Pretty awesome. Some key features were captured in the video, which I thought were beautiful. Throughout the entire time-laspe you can see a rainbow-ish hue resting above the Earth. That haze is the Earth's atmosphere refracting The Sun's Light into a multi-colored ribbon. Other wonders, including my personal favorite, are the splurges of lights painted across the dark landscape from cites and towns. Amorphous and wispy clouds following low pressure systems (storm clouds) bursting with activity from lighting spikes.
Besides the Sinatra reference (Cheesy? Meh, what can ya do...), which am listening to as we speak, I thought this would be a good way to end the work week.