The site offers a zoomable and rotatable photo of the planet Earth taken by a Russian weather satellite called Electro-L. The photo and video are made up of the highest resolution images ever taken of Earth.
The satellite is in orbit 36, 000 km above Earth’s equator. It snaps a picture every 30 minutes at resolutions up to 121 megapixels. 60 miles of the Earth’s surface is packed into every pixel.
What is different about this interactive photo is that NASA usually makes an image from an amalgam of several photos. These images taken by Electro-L show different things than NASA photos have been able to show. The images are a combination of visible and near-infrared wavelengths, depicting the Earth in a way not visible to the human eye. For example, the orange in the picture shows vegetation.
Below are some videos:
- bcultral: Spectacular 3-D Cosmic Image of Earth by Russian Electro-L Released [PHOTOS] (ibtimes.co.uk)
- You’ve Never Seen Earth Like This (abcnews.go.com)
- The Electro-L takes ‘definitive’ photo of the earth taken in one shot (VIDEO) (teddyoshea.wordpress.com)
- Spectacular 3-D Cosmic Image of Earth by Russian Electro-L Released [PHOTOS] (ibtimes.com)
- The Best Photo Of Earth Ever Taken (rferl.org)
- Planet Earth 3D: Stunning Images from New Russian Electro-L Satellite (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Russian satellite’s 121-megapixel image of Earth is most detailed yet (theverge.com)
- PHOTO: Whole Earth, in One Shot (patspapers.com)