A day in the life of Earth!

The Elektro-L No.1 Russian weather satellite produces 121-megapixel images that capture the Earth in one shot instead of a collection of pictures from multiple flybys stitched together (as done by NASA). The result is the highest-resolution single picture of Earth yet. The satellite takes a full image of Earth from its stationary point over 35,000 kilometers above the Indian Ocean every 30 minutes, providing the material for the video below. The images have a resolution of one kilometer per pixel! James Drake obtained over 350 full-resolution photos and used them to make several videos showcasing a day in the life of Earth.

Check out a zoom-able version of one of the images here!

Shows you just how tiny we are!


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