You can now see the most complex and spectacular image of the Earth thanks to the Russian weather satellite Elektro-L No.1 which has taken a 121-megapixel image of our planet.
Unlike the NASA images of the Earth which were more like a collection of pictures from multiple flybys stitched together, this satellite’s camera took the highest-resolution image of Earth yet. It is different that what we’ve seen before because Elektro-L No 1. combines data from four light wavelengths, three visible and one infrared in one single shot.
According to ibtimes.com, the Electro-L satellite captures this kind of stunning image every half-hour as it monitors our weather and, if any strange weather phenomenon is noted, the Russian operators can remotely command the satellite to take images every 10 minutes.
On the other hand, Nasa’s Earth Observatory scientist Robert Simmon explained that the images are not any better or worse than any of Nasa’s image, but they are different because they allow people to see something else.
He said for the Huffington Post: “The US has two similar operational geostationary satellites over the east and west coasts, EUMETSAT have one over Europe and one over the Indian Ocean, Japan has one over the far western Pacific.”
Also called the Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite No 2 or GOMS No 2, Elektro-L No 1 was launched in 2011 as the first Russian geostationary weather satellite.
The images in the video above have a resolution of one kilometer per pixel.
You can also amaze yourself by going to this link to see the details of the images which demonstrate once again how tiny we really are and how big and spectacular the world we’re living in is.