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

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.


  1. This video is either upside down or reversed. The sattilite is following the earth as it rotates which in turn allows you to see the earth from outer space in a similar way as we see it on Earth; with the sun rising and setting. That being said, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. This video shows it rising in the west and setting in the east.


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