It’s always neat to look at pictures of Earth from space but Japan’s Himawari-8 weather satellite has just outdone every beautiful set of Earth photos we’ve ever seen. The New York Times brings us word that the satellite is now snapping a picture of Earth every 10 minutes and the publication has used them to create a stunning timelapse of the planet over a 24-hour period.
“Images from the Himawari-8 weather satellite’s first official day paint a living portrait of the western Pacific, with Typhoons Chan-hom and Nangka spinning slowly westward,” the Times explains. “Locked into a stationary orbit above New Guinea, the satellite takes 144 photographs of the entire planet a day, three times as many as its predecessor. The images show how weather systems evolve and help forecasters develop more nuanced models of Earth’s atmosphere.”