Planet Earth 3D in HD: A beautiful time elapse image of the Earth, taken in a single shot by Russia's latest weather satellite Electro-L, has enchanted Internet users around the world. The images were obtained beginning on May 14th, and end on May 20th, 2011.
The images are a combination of visible and near-infrared wavelengths, depicting the Earth in a way not visible to the human eye. For example, the planet's vegetation looks red.
So far, these 21 megapixels depict the highest resolution Earth images even made. That's 60 miles of the earth's surface packed into every pixel.
The new Russian satellite orbits the Earth at almost 40,000 kilometers above the equator, sending down photos of the entire planet every 30 minutes.