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The Aerosols of Earth

Image Credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens/Adam Voiland [NASA, Yvette Smith] Take a deep breath. Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. These ubiquitous specks of matter are known as aerosols, and they can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between. If you have ever watched smoke billowing from a wildfire, ash erupting from a volcano or dust blowing in the wind, you have seen aerosols. Satellites like NASA’s Earth-observing…

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What the World Looks Like From the International Space Station

Compiled and edited (and color graded, denoised, deflickered, stabilized) by Bruce W. Berry Jr, all of 4K video and timelapse sequences were taken by the astronauts onboard the ISS (NASA/ESA). In the video description on Vimeo, Bruce adds: Some interesting facts about the ISS: The ISS maintains an orbit above the earth with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 miles). The ISS completes 15.54 orbits per day around the earth and travels at a speed of 27,600 km/h; 17,100 mph).   The yellow line that…

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An Infinity Earth Puzzle With No Edges or Fixed Shape (12 Photos)

Puzzle by Nervous System Nervous System has designed this incredible 442-piece, infinity puzzle of Earth with no edges or fixed shape. Infinitely configurable, this puzzle is based on photographs from NASA’s Earth Observatory and transformed into an area-preserving icosahedral map projection with the topology of a sphere. Made from laser cut, custom birch plywood, this amazing puzzle is available by Nervous System directly on their website. Learn more about the puzzle design below. For a more detailed explanation of the design check out this blog post by Nervous System. [via…

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A Real Time 4K Journey Around Earth from Orbit

“Orbit” is a real-time reconstruction of time-lapse photography taken on board the International Space Station by NASA’s Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. The structure of the film is built around the world of Phaeleh’s last three albums: Lost Time, Illusion of the Tale, and Somnus. According to the creator, Seán Doran, the tone and pacing of each track influenced the choice of material used. Typically each time-lapse sequence was photographed at 1 frame per second. Each sequence was processed in Photoshop. A dirtmap was made in order to repair…

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Guy Proves Flat-Earthers Are Wrong In The Most Brilliant Way

Recently, after taking pictures of Lake Michigan and noticing that the surface has no curve, someone did a little practical experiment to see if the earth was truly flat. It involved elaborate calculations and used other tools to find the correct answer, which we have all known for centuries now. However, a 36-year-old software engineer called Jeff went for something much simpler. He used a basketball and a macro lens to simulate the curvature of the Earth and took photos to calculate the equivalent. Quite brilliant, isn’t it? While people…

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Incredible! We Asked These Astronauts What Its Like To Be In Space

What’s it like to float hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface? We asked seven astronauts to tell us everything. Eugene Cernan “It’s so inspiring to see the entire globe shimmering below you and realize that this is where prog rock started.” Eileen Collins “I was looking forward to being weightless, but gravity still works for me in space. It kind of sucks seeing all the other astronauts floating around while I’m stuck on the floor.” Barry Wilmore “You never know true beauty until you see Earth from space, or…

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