Russian Satellite's 121-Megapixel Image Of Earth Is Most Detailed Yet

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.
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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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