Thursday, August 1, 2013

Animation of the Earth Breathing

It is an incredible view of our planet ‘breathing’ over the course of a year.

Created using images from Nasa, the incredible animated images give the iconic ‘blue marble’ view of the Earth a dramatic new twist.

They were created by John Nelson, a Michigan programmer for IDV Solutions.

He stitched together images provided by Nasa as part of its ‘Blue Marble Next Generation’ project, which took a picture of the Earth each month.

The images, created by Nasa, are part of a series called Blue Marble: Next Generation, and give a years worth of monthly composites at a spatial resolution of 500 meters.

‘These monthly images reveal seasonal changes to the land surface: the green-up and dying-back of vegetation in temperate regions such as North America and Europe, dry and wet seasons in the tropics, and advancing and retreating Northern Hemisphere snow cover,’ said Nasa.

‘From a computer processing standpoint, the major improvement is the development of a new technique for allowing the computer to automatically recognise and remove cloud-contaminated or otherwise bad data—a process that was previously done manually.

‘The new version also improves image clarity, and gives highly reflective land surfaces, such as salt flats, a more realistic appearance.’

Read more: DailyMailOnline

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