December 27, 2014 2:31 PM EST

Astronaut Alexander Gerst’s stunning images from space have been joined together to form a practically seamless timelapse video.

The 12,5000 images Gerst captured while traveling aboard the International Space Station were turned into this stunning video that offers a birds-eye view of massive storms, auroras, and the world a-glow after dark. Gerst was aboard the ISS from May to November 2014.

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