Astronaut Jeff Williams takes stunning photographs from the International Space Station that are out of this world, literally.
Mikey Nicholson

16 May 2016 - 4:08 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2016 - 4:08 PM

Even if you’re not a morning person, you’ve probably experienced the beauty of a stunning sunrise in your lifetime. But even early birds who catch incredible sunrises every morning have never had the opportunity to see a sunrise from so high above.

Jeff Wililams is a retired US Army colonel who now spends his "lazy retirement" days as an astronaut - casually circling the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 

Last week when he tweeted a time-lapse video from aboard the ISS people were obviously intrigued and his tweet went viral.

The video makes you feel like ISS is hurtling through space, but it is actually a time-lapse, which speeds up the process for effect. They're still going pretty fast, though - according to NASA, “the ISS orbits Earth at an altitude ranging from 370 to 460 kilometres and at a speed of 28,000 kilometeres per hour.” 

Up there, Williams has taken to photography and is chronicling his time in space, and wowsers, you're going to want to check out his Instagram because he sure has a lot of great shots to share. 

Turns out sunrises are as beautiful in time-lapse as they are in still photographs:


And the Mozambique coral reefs are a sight to behold:


The colourful bursts of Hungarian crops are a patchwork of wonder from above:


And the Earth has never looked so beautiful:


Of course, here's a view you don't see every day, a supply ship on its final approach to the ISS:


And a sunset is no less impressive than its sunrise counterpart:


Check out more of Jeff Williams' space photographs here.

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