Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Northern Lights Time-Lapse in 3D

I recently finished making a time-lapse video of the northern lights from the international space station ... in 3D! I think that it may be the first of its kind so I'm pretty excited about it. Please select the high definition version so that you can see the stars in the background. You will need 3D glasses to see the full 3D effect (bought some I can mail to you if you need).

You see this like no other human ever has, not even the astronauts who photographed it. You view it as if you are a proportionally average human over 100 miles tall (about halfway to the space station's orbit).
See more information about how it was made, etc. here:

Below you can see an example image with the Canny edge detector highlighting I used set be much brighter.
Below are a few more screenshot examples. Please let me know if you would like to use them somewhere (blog comment would be fine).

Information about the photos
The photos in this video were taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station, January 25, 2012 from 09:27:08 to 09:32:16 GMT. The images are courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center

More photos and details about the project here:


  1. Very cool! Reminds me of this xkcd comic. Was that in any way an inspiration?

  2. Exactly! I even say that it was here: