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Planet Earth 3D: Magnificent image from new Russian satellite (VIDEO)

Published time: May 11, 2012 15:52
Edited time: May 11, 2012 19:52

Earth (photo by Russia's Reasearch Center for Earth Operative Monitoring; video by YouTube user yesterday2221)

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A beautiful time elapse image of the Earth, taken in a single shot by Russia's latest weather satellite Electro-L, has enchanted Internet users around the world.

­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 planet’s vegetation looks red.

So far, these 21 megapixels depict the highest resolution Earth images even made.  That’s 60 miles of the earth’s surface packed into every pixel.  

The new Russian satellite orbits the Earth at almost 40,000 kilometers above the equator, sending down photos of the entire planet every 30 minutes.