Sitting in the park after dark on Planet Earth, wondering wild in the universe.
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.
This video begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.
In the park this evening, I wondered where I was at in the universe, starting with the park. From there I oriented myself on what side of the globe I sat, and what direction I was moving, fathoming how fast. To that I added me, a spec of consciousness sitting on the side of a fast moving ball spinning in space around a distant star off the side of a spiral arm of a galaxy among billions of others, and got lost.
No one should ever get bored, I thought, on Planet Earth in space, in the park.