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A beautiful photograph of Earth Some eye candy to cheer up your Friday
posted by Mwongozi (27 comments total)

 
awesome pic. thanks.
posted by howa2396 at 8:48 AM on March 12, 2004


Is it a composite, or a straight pic? The details seem sort of weird... I can clearly see Lake Mille Lacs and Red Lake in Minnesota, but can't see the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers.

Nice to look at though. Greenland looks cool.
posted by COBRA! at 9:00 AM on March 12, 2004


I'm thinking it's a composite, possibly even a render with some really high resolution textures.

not that I'm trying to take away from the picture. it's very well done.
posted by GeekAnimator at 9:08 AM on March 12, 2004


Must be a current picture, New England looks cold and raw.

Cool pic, thanks!
posted by bondcliff at 9:09 AM on March 12, 2004


Another beautiful photograph of Earth.
posted by atbash at 9:09 AM on March 12, 2004


I was looking for Earth from space photos on the Nasa/JPL sites the other day after seeing a scaled-down version of one showing the North Pole with a starfield in the background on Yahoo's news feed. I couldn't find them, though. Is there a hidden cache somewhere?
posted by hyperizer at 9:11 AM on March 12, 2004


Tijuana Mexico: The Center of the World
posted by Hildago at 9:13 AM on March 12, 2004


Beautiful indeed, Mwongozi. Thanks!

Oh my god, it's Friday?!?

*panics*

posted by carter at 9:14 AM on March 12, 2004


Wow, Florida really is America's wang.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:21 AM on March 12, 2004


I'm think that it is a composite... otherwise, the waters off of the Baja peninsula get strangely funkified about 75 km out...
posted by silusGROK at 9:34 AM on March 12, 2004


I can see my house!
posted by chrid at 9:35 AM on March 12, 2004


That's not Earth - that's just bloody America. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:35 AM on March 12, 2004


I can see my house!

Heck, I can see myself waving. Must be a webcam.
posted by pardonyou? at 9:40 AM on March 12, 2004


costa rica looks nice, warm and sunny ... im ready to go again.

:) hey miguel - you've been keeping your head down... bummer about the bad news next door yesterday :(
posted by specialk420 at 9:42 AM on March 12, 2004


This "photo" is a 3D rendering composite using data from the MODIS sensor, which NASA compiled together into a big 1km-resolution dataset as a part of the Blue Marble project. The Blue Marble data is huge: at 1km = 1 pixel resolution, this makes a 45,200x21,600 image of the earth.
posted by zsazsa at 9:44 AM on March 12, 2004


What it doesn't convey is the sense of vertigo or falling from a great height that astronauts on space walks report. Talk about fear of heights.
posted by stbalbach at 9:48 AM on March 12, 2004


Miguel: Didn't you realize that "Bloody America" is all that really matters anyways!

Though, you can see some of my noble homeland in that pic as well!
posted by Quartermass at 9:59 AM on March 12, 2004


Did anyone else get this?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:02 AM on March 12, 2004


hands up how many people have set this to be their wallpaper?

*raises hand*
posted by triv at 10:03 AM on March 12, 2004


hands up how many people have set this to be their wallpaper?

I might have, but I just set this as my wallpaper. Now that's what I call a beautiful - and humbling - photograph.

Speaking of America, though... why aren't there more photos of Earth with Hawaii as the focus? Grr. Sure, it'd be mostly water, but...
posted by pzarquon at 10:28 AM on March 12, 2004


*hand raised*

Thanks for the link.
posted by internal at 10:37 AM on March 12, 2004


Man. I wish I had one of those Apple Cinema Displays.
posted by trharlan at 11:16 AM on March 12, 2004


Other loverly images of mother earth from mars (older but a bit peppier than 2px)
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:08 PM on March 12, 2004


Home sweet home.
posted by kozad at 1:19 PM on March 12, 2004


Home sweet home, indeed. That's an incredibly beautiful picture, but almost looks too real. Must be a rendering!

It also makes America look strangely (!) insular... the field of view looks quite large, but only 1 continent is visible!
posted by derbs at 1:40 PM on March 12, 2004


Hubble Sees Galaxies Galore
First photo when viewing it, look away, stare, then stare right at: gives you the visual you are moving.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:30 PM on March 12, 2004


Heh. As usual, the pacific northwet is obscured by clouds...
posted by SpecialK at 5:47 PM on March 12, 2004


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