Star-struck timelapse must be seen to be believed

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It might be the trippiest 223 seconds you’ll spend all week. Photographer Christoph Malin has used images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station to create an otherworldly timelapse video called ISS Startrails.

Instead of a normal timelapse, in which hundreds of still images play as individual frames of a video, Malin has stacked these images, so that each frame adds to the last. Stars, meteors, and satellites leave long tracks through space and over haunting green auroras. On earth, man-made light trails snake along the surface with lightening flashes, leaving footprints along the clouds. At about 1:42 into the video you can even catch a quick glimpse of the comet Lovejoy.

Malin created ISS Startrails using Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X. He also used an application fittingly named StarStax to align the images. Many of the images were taken by self-described bloggernaut Don Pettit, himself a star struck photographer prone to stacking pictures.

Malin says he took inspiration from the 1982 film Tron. “I always loved the light cycle races and the solar ships. Back in the real word the ISS is in a way one of these solar ships, constantly rotating around us,” Malin writes on his Vimeo page.

Video via Christoph Malin, Images via Don Pettit