Is your family studying geography, meteorology, or astronomy right now? This video by NASA would be an incredible addition to your lessons. Even if you're not studying those subjects right now, you'll want to take 5 minutes to watch the video anyway. It's incredible!
The footage was taken from the International Space Station over the course of two expeditions from August to October 2011, and it's undoubtedly the most incredible video I've ever seen of Earth. You can easily see the edge of the Earth's atmosphere, amazing auroras, and even lightning storms. It's simply breathtaking.
As you watch with your children, see if you can recognize any of the continents. If you want a little more help with identifying locations, you can refer to the chart before which lists the shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
A long, winding read line appears in two of the locations towards the end, and I'd love to know what it is. At first we thought it might be the Great Wall, but we couldn't figure out why it'd be lit like that (and we're not sure we were watching the correct location for the Wall anyway). Any ideas?
This time lapse video made from outer space should be seen by every homeschooler and family as it is so awesome.