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An amazing video, filmed from the flight deck of a commercial long-haul flight, has captured a view of the night sky not usually seen by slumbering passengers.Via FlightAware
The video, shot by pilot Sales Wick, shows a plane taking off from Europe and heading towards South America. The plane flies along the Alps towards Switzerland before taking a turn to join the Rhone Valley towards the Mediterranean Sea.
It continues towards Algeria and past the tip of the Sahara. Then it's out to the Atlantic Ocean, via Dakar.
The flight landed in its destination, Sao Paolo, before dawn at around 6am.
The most amazing aspect of the footage is the sheer volume of shooting stars that can be seen flying across the sky. In the post accompanying the video, the pilot says there are a few days every August when this occurs, and the he and his colleagues lost count of the number of shooting stars in the sky after a few hundred.
The constellation Perseus, which the plane is flying past, is well known for this phenomenon. In mid-August, around 11pm local time, the sky is filled with meteor showers named the Perseids, after Perseus' son in Greek mythology.
The Milky Way is also visible in video, especially after the lights of the city disappear. You can see more of Wick’s amazing time-lapse videos on his Instagram or his Facebook. - Hannah Blackiston on Elsewhere