Mother, Father, Sister, Brother – The Sound of Philadelphia

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An evening pause: This instrumental music, used as the theme music for the 1970s television show, Soul Train, has only one significant vocal line: “People all over the world!” I think the visuals used here, of Earth taken from the International Space Station, make that line seem especially appropriate.

Hat tip James Stephens.


  • Cotour

    The coming dark age: (there are people that seriously have this discussion, it has been presented to me as such)

    This video must disturb their theory :)

  • Ted

    Enjoyed this clip a lot! One of the most interesting parts is the movement of the solar arrays on ISS. Most of the pictures of the ISS on line are static shots. But ISS is a working machine hundreds of miles up in space. It runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Also the lightning flashes very interesting. What a cool place we live in (on, under above)!

  • Edward

    I, too, enjoy the lightning. I once worked in a lab in which a couple of the scientists were studying lightning. Among their data were some videos from space of storms. One of the scientists mentioned that the estimate was that, worldwide, there were a hundred lightning flashes each second (this would be around 3 billion each year). My own thought at the time, judging from the field of view and he flash-rate of the video, was that the estimate may be an order of magnitude too high, that there might be more like 10 flashes per second (around 300 million per year). Either way, a billion flashes per year seems to me to be a reasonable rough order of magnitude estimate.

    The music goes nicely with this video. Although it presents largely the dark side, images of Earth from space are very beautiful. The atmosphere is a pretty sight, as are the city lights, clouds, and coast lines. I especially like the auroras, and the flashing lightning attracts the eye, of course.

    No wonder astronauts like to look out the window.

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