121-Megapixel Photo of Earth That Will Make Your Eyes Boggle
Eclipsing NASA’s infamous ‘Blue Marble‘ shot (which was made up for several small images), this image is one single shot taken from 22,369 miles away by a Russian weather satellite (named Elektro-L No.1) floating above the Indian Ocean.
This photo is said to be the largest (and the highest resolution) single-shot photo of Earth ever taken.
As you may have noticed, the colors of this new, 121-megapixel photo are quite a bit different from those seen on NASA’s ‘Blue Marble’ photo.
These orangey/brown colors have come about because the satellite had to combine both visible and infrared wavelengths of light in order to take the picture.
Elektro-L also took a video of our planet’s northern hemisphere, which has been made into an amazing time-lapse video:
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