The European Space Agency released a timelapse video composed of images taken by its astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

The footage shows a path from the Canary Islands to Italy as the station flies over the night planet glowing with city lights. Cristoforetti is one of six crew members currently on board the ISS along with NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts and Russian cosmonauts Elena Serova, Alexander Samoukutyaev and Anton Shkaplerov. Watch these incredible timelapse images from space as an astronaut captures her journey over Europe.

ESA stated previously that even though its astronauts onboard the Space Station spend as much time as possible on science, Cristoforetti still finds the time to present earth-bound fans with this unique bird’s eye view of Europe.

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 times speed increase.

Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high speed photography or slow motion. Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, e.g. the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced. Time-lapse is the extreme version of the cinematography technique of undercranking, and can be confused with stop motion animation.

Anti-missile technologies tested by China over the last decade have caused alarm for US officials. In terms of space defense, the United States may be losing out in the futuristic “counterspace” campaign.

In 2007, a Chinese weather satellite circling in polar orbit was struck by a missile fired from the Sichuan province. This marked the first successful satellite interception test since the United States shot down its own P78-1 satellite in 1985.

Flash forward to last summer, when Beijing conducted a similar test, dubbed a “land-based anti-missile technology experiment” by the Chinese Defense Ministry. This has, evidently, caused some concern in military circles, which instead saw the trials as the latest example of offensive anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests.”But just seeing the nature of these types of activities show how committed they are to a counter-space campaign,”

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, head of the Omaha-based nuclear forces command, said during a news conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday. “So we have to be ready for any campaign that extends its way into space.” But in practicality, it is the subtle front of modern warfare, where exotic weaponry and high tech gadgetry are used to operate systems on the ground, and assert dominance over the spheres of the planet. And tensions are running high.

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Such programs are of particular concern for the United States. A significant part of modern military power relies on satellites—from GPS and communications, to early warning systems.

The most notorious of these tests was in January 2007 when the Chinese regime launched a rocket and destroyed one of its own satellites. Today, however, its space weapons have gone far beyond rockets to include directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers.