Earth, as Seen From 22,000 Miles Overhead

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The Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 became operational this week. Every 10 seconds, it takes a photo of the entire planet from a geostationary orbit some 22,000-miles above New Guinea. Today, The NYT combined the 144 images captured on the satellite’s first day into an animation that demands your attention.

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Contact the author at rtgonzalez@io9.com. Above: Himawari-8’s first true color image, captured January 25, 2015 | Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency.

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It is breathtaking however wouldnt you still see some lights from major cities when its nighttime?