Russian satellite's 121-megapixel image of Earth is most detailed yet

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A new image taken by the Russian weather satellite, Elektro-L is giving us a different perspective of the Earth. Unlike the “Blue Marble” images common to NASA-taken images, where multiple photos are snapped from several flybys stitched together , this 121-megapixel image managed to capture the Earth in a single shot.

Unlike anything we’ve ever seen, the weather satellite’s image used data based on  wavelengths of visible and infrared light—a technique that turns vegetation into a rusty red hue is very prominent in the shot.



The satellite took images from a single point over 35,000 kilometers over the Indian Ocean every 30 minutes, which was then combined to create videos by educator James Drake  to show a day in the life of the planet. He used 350 full-resolution images taken from the Russian Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring.

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  1. Thank you for this valuable information, I hope it is okay that I bookmarked your website for further references.

    Square and Stationary Earth Map

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  2. Sources!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Most expensive photo shop project Russia ever did. You can't tell me that a satellite could stay perfectly in the same spot in space relative to the earth for days on end while both are supposedly hurling through space at around 67,000 miles per hour.not to mention not being able to see any stars or any of the some 10,000 other satellites and debris also orbiting the earth.

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    1. Didn't occur to you that the pictures were taken every time the satellite reached certain point of its orbit (every 30 minutes)?

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    2. You don't know much about satellite's and space (etc) do ya?

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    3. Also....how come the clouds remain the same or similar formation during the whole time. Ive never known clouds stay the same for seconds let alone 24 hours.......

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    4. Are you really this dumb or did you get dropped on your head or shaken really hard as a baby?

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    5. It doesn't take photos every 30 minutes when it reaches certain point. It's in Geostationary orbit, it means, that it takes 24 hours to complete its orbit -> it orbits at the same speed as the Earth spins -> it stays above one spot.

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    6. Why, yes. That's precisely what we're telling you.

      But you clearly have never heard of gravity, and know what it does in spite of speed, you don't know the relationship between orbital altitude and period, you don't even *accept* that Earth is a rotating sphere, so telling you that orbiting Earth at 22,500 miles takes 24 hours will go over your head, and that a camera aperture setting that will *not* overexpose a highly reflective, water and cloud covered planet, *will* underexpose the stars (don't take my word, ask anyone with any knowledge of photography), and that the chance of seeing satellites in the volume of space in question, is about like seeing *cars* on Earth in that image. (you know there are millions down there, right?)

      Besides, geostationary weather satellites do something similar, 24/7, but at rather less resolution (which is fine, when tracking weather patterns is all you want to do).

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  5. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary_orbit
    How do you think communication satellites work ?

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  6. Great shots of the Indian Ocean, thanks Vladimer.

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  7. Were the pictures taken during Y2K? Or maybe even before light bulbs were around..

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  8. when dark on our side, where is the sun on other side. fake n cgi

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    1. The sattelite is Stationary with repect to the Earth.
      since the light shows that the camera is aimed at the equator
      we really should see the Sun in the back.
      This really is a good Question

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    2. The sun is just below the image when on the back side, indicated by the arc of light at the bottom of the Earth. Only a small angle is needed to put the sun out of view at ~150mil km.

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  9. Wasnt it supposed to be pear shaped ?
    Great shot though.

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    1. 42 km difference at the equator. Not even the size of one pixel. Do you really think we would be able to see that ?

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  10. Yeaaaah and clouds don't move. What a bullshit.

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    1. Clouds move really slow, and if you notice they move, if the move at a speed you can notice easily in this video, at this time Irma will be already on in US

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    2. YES they do. Open your eyes.

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  11. Lol anyone who thinks this is real is a fool

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  12. I remember the old images of earth when she looked healthy and normal now I see how bad things really are. However I don't know if this image has been changed but the Earth is misted over with high level geoengineering (most of the time) with an odd day when spraying has stopped. Our deep blue skies on sunny days have gone covered with fine haze. The small minded scientist believe this will stop global warming but I have seen only evidence of "The Venus Effect" meaning reflection of heat trapped by high level spraying and increasing levels of global toxicity. I did see evidence of xray level radiation reach a small town at the tip of South America. This was hazardous to health. However we need to know now what is going on as many minds are help rather than a few small minded scientific teams who lack the diverse thought patterns to move science forward quick enough to counter current global pollution.

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