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121 Megapixel picture of Earth taken 22,369 miles away

Those of you who are into photography will be blown away by an image released in the last week. It is the largest single shot photograph ever taken of Earth.

This new image has surpassed NASA's updated ‘Blue Marble' shot which is actually a composite image of many satellite images. The new single shot image is taken 22,369 miles away by the Russian weather satellite Elektro-L No.1.

The image is very different to any we have seen before as the satellite uses visible and infrared wavelengths of light to gather the colours. Infrared light is used to see plants, and this is shown as patches of brown on the shot, rather than green.

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Above is a time lapse video of Earth's northern hemisphere which was also taken by the Elektro-L weather satellite.

If you want to see the super high resolution image, you can zoom in on it over here.

Kitguru says: What a stunning piece of work !

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