Spellbinding space time-lapse shows Earth in all its glory

Kick back and watch this mesmerizing time-lapse created using 12,500 images captured from the International Space Station in 2014

PUBLISHED: 11:04, 29 Dec 2014 | 

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has helped us normal folk see what it is really like to be high up above Earth.

During his six month Blue Dot mission for the European Space Agency, Alexander captured 12,500 images during his stay.

And after stitching them all together to create a stunning space time-lapse, the result is pretty impressive.

The six-minute video captures nearly every single one of Earth’s amazing natural phenomenons – including auroras, sunrises, stars, the Milky Way, lightning, and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.

Click below to watch Alexanders’ stunning work in brilliant 4K!