Full screen, HD, you can thank me later.
“From the frame of reference of a human on earth, it can seem that the stars move across the night sky. In fact, it is just the rotation of the earth that constantly reveals new parts of the night sky.
By using software to track the stars and keep them still, the rotation of the earth is revealed.” More vids on Alex Rivest’s channel here.
On April 12, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached its final orbit, 705 kilometers (438 miles) above Earth. One week later, the satellite’s natural-color imager scanned a swath of land 185-kilometers wide and 9,000 kilometers long (120 by 6,000 miles)—an unusual, unbroken distance considering 70 percent of Earth is covered with water. That flight path—depicted on the globe below—afforded us the chance to assemble 56 still images into a seamless, flyover view of what LDCM saw on April 19, 2013. Stretching from northern Russia to South Africa, the full mosaic from the Operational Land Imager can be viewed in this video. Read and view more at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Feat…
You’ll probably want to stick it on full screen. Make sure you’ve got some suitable music to hand.
This excellent YouTube comment by “nhstorrs” puts it in perspective:
No way. This is amazing! Landsat flew right over the spine of the birthplace of the human species, and at the same time the birthplace of agriculture. This is where we came from, and the environment which might be said to have had the biggest impact on what made us. . . us. There could almost be no other landscape so interesting to see in one large glimpse as this one.
Best viewed quite big (nice spot, thank you Adam).
Music “The Alley” by DeVotchKa.
Photographed and edited by Ben Wiggins.
German photographer Adonis Pulatus made this short film of the giant cruise liner’s December voyage from New York to the Caribbean.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH1 (1.32) with the kit (14-140mm) lens and B+W ND 106 or 110 filter.
Tripod: Manfrotto 745B and 701RC2 video head.
Settings: Manual, ISO 100, 1/2 second exposure (“dragging the shutter”). The images were shot at 1 second intervals.
Image set adjusted in Adobe Lightroom 3.2 (contrast only, no colouration)
Image set imported into an Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 2K 24p project
Exported as 2048×1024 24p MP4
Soundtrack: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Aram Khachaturian, 1903-1978)