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Animation of Earth from Russia's Elektro-L satellite

Filed under Earth observing missions, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Earth, global views, animation

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Animation of Earth from Russia's Elektro-L satellite This animation, comprised of images taken by the Russian Elektro-L weather satellite from a geostationary orbit at a distance of 36,000 km, shows the changing illumination of Earth as it rotated on the autumnal equinox.

Roscosmos / Vitaliy Egorov

Original image data dated on or about September 22, 2013.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Vitaliy Egorov


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Eleanordewitt: 11/11/2016 02:51 CST

Why can we see the clouds and the sun moving around the earth but we don't see the earth itself move at all? Shouldn't it be spinning? Is this a 24 hour time lapse of earths rotation? How do we see Day and night happening on the same side? Is the satellite photographing stationary or moving? I'm so confused. Is there footage of earths rotation anywhere? And why is not not rotating on its axis and why is it shown as a near perfect sphere? Shouldn't it be bulgier in the middle? I'm being serious, need answers. Thanks :)

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