The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a compilation of breathtaking time-lapse videos of Earth taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst during his time aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Alexander Gerst spent 165 days on-board the International Space Station with two other astronauts. The 38-year-old fitted the aircraft with cameras to observe the earth from space during five months in orbit. Since returning to earth in November the astronaut has compiled 12,500 of the photographs into a stunning video that highlights incredible views of auroras, cities at night, and even segments of the exterior of the ISS like the Canadarm2 in action.

Check out the mesmerizing time-lapse video of Earth and the image gallery below and, as its description states “marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space”.

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Aurora Borealis From The Space - ESA Time-lapse Video (8)

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