Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.


Watch This: The Year's Best Views of Earth From Space

D-briefBy Breanna DraxlerApril 9, 2013 9:49 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news


T minus two weeks until Earth Day! In case you need one more reason to be amazed by the blue marble we live on, check out these views of Earth taken from space over the course of the last year.

The video illustrates just how dynamic our planet can be, no text or narration required. From melting glaciers to fluctuations in salinity, NASA uses colorful time-lapse imagery to show how much our world changes in a single revolution of the sun. In certain shots, the surface of the Earth seems to writhe, as wind patterns and ocean currents swirl eastward. Other views show how one season of irrigation can turn a dry and colorless landscape into a matrix of lush green circles. The video is only two minutes long, but it shows what our world really looks like at night, during the day, up close and far away. Thanks, NASA. Video courtesy of NASA.

3 Free Articles Left

Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 50%


Already a subscriber? Register or Log In