Big Blue Marble, Eastern Hemisphere

Remember that link I shared a couple of weeks ago of the simply breathtaking satellite image of Earth by NASA?

Well, they just released a companion image of the opposite side of the planet…

Eastern Hemisphere - Blue Marble 2012

The original this time is a whopping 11,500 x 11,500 pixels, so enjoy that if you’ve got a display that’s about 10-feet tall!

They’ve also got this pretty interesting pictorial of how an image like this is pieced together from all of the data that the satellite captures – for those curious about it from a more technical level, the image is actually a composite of six different passes over this area during an 8-hour period as the satellite orbited the globe. Very cool stuff!

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