When Major Tim Peake became the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, he was destined to have the best seat in the house for some truly spectacular views.

The stunning images on this video, taken by astronauts onboard the ISS over the course of 2015, offer the ultimate birds-eye view of our planet.

The astronauts captured everything from the beauty of New York at night to the northern lights shining above Scandinavia.

The Northern Lights look spectacular from space

The Northern Lights look spectacular from space

They also recorded dramatic weather events, including typhoons, Cyclone Bansi illuminated by lightning and storms swirling over the Gobi Desert.

The International Space Station orbits Earth 15.54 times a day, with each orbit taking 93 minutes.

At an average distance of 205 miles above the earth, it is travelling at an average speed of 17,227 miles per hour.

Throughout 2015, the astronauts on the ISS, led by American commander Scott Kelly, were photographing the Earth.

Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko and Kelly are currently taking part in the One-Year Mission, which will see the pair spend around 350 days in space.

Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 40 years, beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s.

Digital cameras were introduced on shuttle missions in 1995 and today all Crew Earth Observations (CEO) are taken with a digital camera.

The spacemen also captured the majesty of the Himalayas, the Bahamas, and Laguna Colorada – an incredible red lake situated 4,300 metres above sea level in the Bolivian Andes Mountains.

The astronauts also took large amounts of video footage of the Earth, showing lightning over Asia, the splendour of the Milky Way and the ISS over New Zealand.

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