It is THE MOST DETAILED image of our planet every seen and shows a very different image of planet Earth for a couple of reasons.
The new, fascinating, mind-blowing image was captured by a Russian weather satellite called Elektro-L, and it gives us an entirely different view of our planet.
While most of us are familiar with the image of Earth called ‘the blue marble,’ an image commonly used by NASA, created with multiple images that were eventually snapped from different flybys of our planet and stitched together, this new, 121-megapixel image of our planet was taken in ONE SINGLE shot.
This fascinating view of Earth is unlike anything before. It is unique. It is beautiful. It shows us how small we are, and how lucky we are to live on this amazing planet.
The weather satellites image incorporated data based on different wavelengths of visible and infrared light, which made the vegetation of Earth adopt a rust-red hue, which is of course prominent in the shot.
The Elektro-L satellite took several photographs from a single point at a distance of over 35,000 kilometers above the Indian Ocean.
James Tyrwhitt-Drake posted the incredible time-lapse video –and used 350 full-resolution images obtained from the Russian Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring— on YouTube for the entire world to appreciate. He wrote:
A time-lapse of Planet Earth created from images produced by the geostationary Electro-L Weather Satellite. The images were obtained beginning on May 14th and end on May 20th.
The images are the largest whole disk images of our planet, each image is 121 megapixels, and the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel.
They are taken every half hour and have been interpolated (smoothed) to create this video. The images are taken in four different wavelengths of light, three visible, and one infrared.
The infrared light is reflected by forests and vegetation, which appear orange in these images.
Check out the video: