China to Korea at night timelapse


Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Alpha”. The camera is setup to take pictures at intervals of two a second, and the pictures are then edited into this video that plays at 25 pictures a second. The video is around 12 times faster than real speed.

Thomas shared this video on social media with the caption:
“A night #timelapse over South-East Asia. Green lights of squid fishing, bright city lights of Hong Kong and Shanghai followed by Seoul until the border of the Korean peninsula closes on a pitch black DPRK.”

Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’ time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by the French space agency #CNES.

Latest updates on the Alpha mission can be found via @esaspaceflight on Twitter, with more details on ESA’s exploration blog via

Background information on the Alpha mission is available at with a brochure at

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  1. Wow! On this flight over China/South Korea and Japan we can see Lightnings, Volcanoes but how powerful the mankind is. This big cities, the bright fishing boats, the streets and borders. We should be careful to our only home we have in Space. I see this and know the most energy for this intensive light comes out of coal and oil. But however you think about that, it looks beautiful! Like the night sky our earth looks like at night. But that stars are made from humans 🙂

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