Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
And if you don't like NASA, how about something a little Russian?
'Unlike NASA's pictures, this satellite produces 121-megapixel images that capture the Earth in one shot instead of a collection of pictures from multiple flybys stitched together.'
Those are amazing shots, unlike the unsatisfying artificial image that sonhouse offered.
A couple really cool things about these shots.
There's a GigaPan link in the article which takes you to "Planet Earth" by James Trywhitt-Drake.
He describes the shot from May 2012 as "The Highest Resolution Image of Our Planet."
But even at 1.12 gigapixels, zooming too far in only produces what appear to be the tell-tale brush strokes of an artist's schemes.
Such is life of artifice, I suppose: no matter how life-like we attempt to be, our efforts at imitation fail to pass scrutiny.
(And let's not even mention those ridiculous cloud formations, right?)
The video, however, is where the real fun begins.
Weird that even when completely within the earth's umbra, no artificial lights appear on any part of the earth for the entire week.
Weird that while in that umbra, no stars appear in the space surrounding earth's background anywhere, either.
Weird that despite a time-lapse recording which allows 24 hours to take ~30 seconds, there are highly unusual cloud formations which either do not move at all, or are simply moving in real time.
Weird that the halo of light does not match either the encroaching or retreating shadows of the night.
Weird that the path the sun traces on the earth's surface (seen in the reflections of the same) change between day to day, and on some days,abruptly in the middle of its pass.
Weird that for the first three days of this "recording," (May 14, 15 and 16, 2012), the weather conditions in the area presented included thunderstorms, heavy rain and wind speeds to upwards of 35 MPH, and yet all seven days shown are identical: nearly completely clear of cloud obstructions, relatively calm.
That's just an awful
lot of weird for something supposedly science-y, don't you think?