Behold Earth, our lush green and wet home planet, like you’ve never seen it before.
The Russian geostationary weather satellite Elektro-L 1 has been hovering silently 22,000 miles over the Indian Ocean for some time now, dutifully snapping—every 30 seconds, 24/7—ultra-high-res, 121-megapixel images of the world far below. After the massive image files were made available to the general public, one enterprising earthling took it upon himself to seamlessly stitch them together. Video editor James Drake has done this kind of thing before, having been one of the first to compile hundreds of hi-res shots from the International Space Station into a stunning YouTube video. On his site, he offers a simple explanation of why he does what he does:
There is something deeply beautiful about The Cosmos that can be experienced but not described. I try to create a connection between your mind and the Universe so you can feel it for yourself.
His tumblr blog, Infinity Imagined, offers a beautiful, image-heavy, pattern-recognition transmission of the cosmic connection he’s striving to awaken in his fellow human beings. And his videos, of course, do the trick as well…
Earth, full view, October 2001:
(Note: This video is partially false-color; the bright green vegetation is oversaturated—an effect of the satellite’s infrared filters. Stars and sunlight are blocked out by the camera’s lens to prevent damage to the sensors.)
Earth, Northern Hemisphere, October 2001:
You can see more images and learn more about Drake’s Elektro-L images project here.