Mont Blanc: 365 Gigapixel Panorama [World’s Largest Photo!]

An international team led by the Italian photographer Filippo Blengini created a 365-Gigapixel Panorama of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, and the gigantic image becomes the World’s largest photo. The previous record-holder, published in 2013, was a 320-gigapixel shot of London, taken from atop the BT Tower. The huge image, published on the project’s site …

NASA Detects a Human-Made Barrier Surrounding Earth

We, humans, are changing our planet drastically that scientists say the world entered a completely new geological era called “Anthropocene“. But, it seems we are not shaping only the surface and the atmosphere of Earth, human activities are changing our near-space environment as well. The change is so big that NASA’s Van Allen probes have detected …

Why do astronauts float in space? [Microgravity explained]

We see images and videos from the International Space Station (ISS) where astronauts float in space freely. That’s because they’re in space, so there is no gravitational force of Earth there, right? Wrong. The International Space Station is in Low Earth Orbit (see notes 1) with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 …

The Black Marble [Earth from Space at Night]

The first new global map of Earth from space at night since 2012 has been released by NASA scientists. The nighttime look of our planet is dubbed the “Black Marble”. But why? On December 7, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon took a photo of Earth from space, at …

Jeff’s Earth [Amazing HD Video from the ISS]

On his most recent trip to the International Space Station (Expedition 48), recently-retired NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has recorded a great HD video of Earth (titled Jeff’s Earth) using an Ultra High Definition video camera. Here in the video titled “Jeff’s Earth” below, he shares some of those images and talks about the beauty of the …

Earth and Moon as seen from Mars

Recently, NASA published an amazing image of Earth (and Moon) from Mars, taken on November 20, 2016, by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera (see notes 1) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (see notes 2). The image is so incredibly detailed that we can see even the continents and clouds of Earth.