Bigger Blue Marble: VIDEO


Here's the largest one-shot photo of Earth ever taken.

Writes Mashable:

Eclipsing NASA’s updated “Blue Marble” shot, which is a composite of many satellite images, this image is a single-shot taken from 22,369 miles away by Russian weather satellite Elektro-L No.1.

The colors on the 121-megapixel photo are quite different from the ones on NASA’s photos of Earth. To capture the image, the satellite combines visible and infrared wavelengths of light. Infrared light is used to see plants, which is why the parts of the Earth that would normally be green are seen as rusty brown.

A high-res version of the image is HERE.

A time-lapse look at it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:51am ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Space