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Sub Specie Ego

A new satellite photo (well, technically a composite of high-def photos) of Earth has been circulating that’s well worth checking out:

It’s a gorgeous image that provides mankind with a perspective rarely seen. Compared to older shots of our pleasant little planet, “Blue Marble 2012” is the sharpest and most vivid view of Earth without seeing it in person.

What I’ve always appreciated about stunning nature photos is how much I can’t appreciate the beauty through the medium. Any hiker knows that witnessing an expansive landscape on a mountain top dwarfs the print view rotting in his home photo casket. If you only saw a landscape captured by camera, you’d never be able to fully imagine what the moment appears like with total sensation.

Which is why looking at this spectacular photo confirms my desire to go to space and observe our planet for myself. If the satellite’s snapshot is this breathtaking, I can’t imagine its true expression.

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  1. Dave
    January 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Does make the US look kinda arid, though.

  2. February 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The green in the waters of Florida and the Caribbean stands out.

  3. February 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    @Dave You’ll also notice that the US isn’t covered in population centers and infrastructure as people often assume. It reminds me of one of my favorite statistics from Ed Glaeser: “95 percent of the United States remains undeveloped and that if every American were given a house on a quarter acre, so that every family of four had a full acre, that distribution would not use up half the land in Texas.”

    @Andreas Ya, those colors are beautiful – I got the chance to see them up close last summer on a cruise to the carribbean.

  4. Dave
    February 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    It’s be interesting to see the same photo at “night”- I imagine it’d be similar to the famous one of North Korea and its neighbors, only with Kansas filling that dubious honor.

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