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ESA: Earth from Space: Switzerland

Multiple scans from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite have been stitched together to create this complete image of Switzerland. The southern part of the country is dominated by the Alps, some of which are snow-capped. One of the more obvious features in the lower central part of the image is the curved x-shape of the Aletsch …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Wolfe Creek

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the northern part of Western Australia to the Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. The area pictured is close to the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, the country’s second-largest, and presents a landscape of desert plains and grasslands.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Japan

Sentinel-3A captured part of Japan on 12 May in this false-colour image. Sitting on a volcanic zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is prone to earthquakes – like the one felt earlier this week. In 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed over 15 000 lives. In this …

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Thousands of Giant snowballs appear on Russian beach in Siberia

‘The Cosmos News’ published this video of a recent strange phenomenon in Siberia. The perfect orbs of ice which first appeared in late October, scattered across a large beach area. They range from the size of tennis balls to 90 centimeters in diameter. Anyone for a snowball fight? Nature makes its own collection of snowballs …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Gibson Desert

The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Gibson Desert in Western Australia in this false-colour image. Covering an area of over 150 000 sq km, the desert sports gravel terrains covered by desert grasses, as well as red sandy plains and dunefields. A drought in the 1980s forced the indigenous Pintupi people to the central-eastern …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Virunga mountains

This Sentinel-1 radar composite image features the Virunga Mountains in East Africa: a chain of volcanoes stretching across Rwanda’s northern border with Uganda and east into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While most are dormant, two of the eight volcanoes are active, with the most recent eruptions in 2006 and 2010.  

RealLifeLore: The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think

The Ocean is a deep and scary world that is completely removed from most of our lives. In this video youtube user RealLifeLore explore just how deep the ocean actually is while discussing some of the strange life down there… and other just plain weird and odd things about the ocean.  

ESA: Earth from Space: Shanghai

The Chinese city of Shanghai is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 16 December 2015. As well as the country’s most populous city – with over 24 million people – this global financial centre is also the site of the world’s busiest container ports owing to its strategic location on the Yangtze River Delta.  

Jonas Høholt: Jutland

Filmed by resident Dane Jonas Høholt, this beautiful short-film about Jutland, the large peninsula in his native Denmark, is simply called “Jutland”. Høholt describes it as follows: Shaped during the previous ice age, the Danish peninsula Jutland offers very diverse landscapes – smoothed by the ice in the west and very hilly in the east. …

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Wendover Productions: Urban Geography: Why We Live Where We Do

Rich Americans live in the Suburbs; Rich Europeans live downtown. Why do cities on the two continents have different structures? European cities are much, much older than American cities and that age difference has naturally led to many interesting differences in the layout of each city. The wealthy population of America often live in suburbs …

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Mr. Ben Brown: ARCTIC – Visual Vibes

Check out this amazing video of Ben Brown’s trip to the Arctic. Ben hitchhiked with the Admiral Makarov, an icebreaker owned by Russian shipping line FESCO. It is to provide pilotage of vessels with containers, general and national economic cargo to the ports and port-points of Chukotka and the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the …

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ESA: Earth from Space: Vatnajökull

The Landsat-8 satellite takes us over Iceland’s southeastern coast and the Vatnajökull glacier in this false-colour image from 6 September 2014. Glaciers cover 11% of Iceland’s landscape, the largest being the Vatnajökull – known as the Vatna Glacier in English – which at 8000 sq km is also the largest in Europe. Up to a …

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Keith Loutit: The Lion City II – Majulah

Photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit has painstakingly spent the last three years filming and creating a mesmerizing time-lapse of Singapore, he describes the process as follows below: Majulah – ‘Onward’. When we pass by landscapes they appear fixed in time, but they change around us constantly. The idea behind this film is to reveal this …

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Jack Miller: Sea Breeze

This amazing time-lapse short was shot by storm chaser/lightning photographer Jack Miller, he describes the process of shooting it as follows below. This is my first time-lapse film I decided to put together. All scenes are shot in Florida from April – September 2016. This film is meant to showcase Florida’s weather pattern from a …

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BBC: Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer

10 years ago Planet Earth changed our view of the world. Now we take you closer than ever before. This is life in all its wonder. This is Planet Earth II. A decade ago, the landmark television series Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Planet Earth …

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JAXA: Rise of Earth and Venus Viewed From Japanese Kaguya Spacecraft

Despite the lens flare, this video from Kaguya’s HDTV camera in November 2007 reveals a lovely Earthrise, followed by the rise of a star-like Venus. This video has been sped up to twice its original pace. The Earth sets in the glare of the sun in this rarely-seen video from the Kaguya lunar orbiter in …

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ESA: Earth from Space | Shanghai

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The Chinese city of Shanghai is featured in the 200th edition. The Chinese city of Shanghai is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 16 December 2015. As well as the country’s most populous city – with over 24 million people – …

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NASA: Space Station Cameras Capture New Views of Hurricane Matthew

Cameras outside the International Space Station captured new views Oct. 6 of massive Hurricane Matthew at 4:45 p.m. EDT as the outpost flew 250 miles overhead. At the time of the flyover, Matthew was moving to the northwest through the Bahamas, strengthening to a possible Category 4 hurricane that is expected strike the east coast …

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NASA: Space Station Cameras Peer down on Major Hurricane Matthew

Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Matthew during two flyovers of the massive storm at 3:24 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT Oct. 4. Matthew was moving north at about 10 miles an hour, packing winds of 145 miles an hour as it passed beyond western Haiti to the eastern coast of …

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BBC: Wild Japan | Old Woman Is Master Sea Snake Catcher

Duncan Parker, camera assistant. After meeting 72-year old Setsuko and Yoko I looked forward to seeing how they would go about catching one of the world’s most venomous snakes. Sea snakes are supposedly very docile and have very small mouths so can only bite you between your hands and feet. However if you do get …

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