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Jaw Dropping Long Exposure Photographs From Space

These amazing long exposure photographs were taken by astronaut Don Pettit from aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 31.

As the ISS circles Earth at roughly 17,000 miles per hour, Flight Engineer Don Pettit takes 30-second exposures with a stock digital camera, then stacks those exposures into single frames that produces 10-15 minutes of exposure. The rotation is fast enough for long exposures to blur the earth into bright strips of light, as well as capturing star trails, aurora, and flashes of lightning splattered all across the surface of the Earth.

View more photos at this Flickr set. Also see the stunning photos by Douglas Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli, also from the space station.







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