June 11, 2012

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Jaw-dropping 121-Megapixel photo of Earth from space + video

This extraordinary shot, taken by Russian weather satellite Elektro-L No.1, beats by miles any of NASA's previous shots of the Earth indeed, particularly 'Blue Marble'-- 'Blue Marble is not a single-shot, it is a composite. (See below)

What make this photo special are two things:
1. It is the largest single-shot photo of Earth to date.
2. It has a different colour look. Why? Because to capture this image, the satellite has combined visible and infra-red wavelengths of light. Thus, plants look rather reddish brown than green.
As the icing on the cake, also check out the time-lapse video of Earth’s northern hemisphere taken by the same satellite below.

You can also explore the zoomable image here.

'Blue Marble' by NASA
via mashable