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This article was published on January 27, 2016

    Watch this hypnotic view of Earth from space over 24 hours

    Watch this hypnotic view of Earth from space over 24 hours
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

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    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Always wanted to be an astronaut, but never quite made it to space? A new site can at least make you feel like you went.

    Glittering Blue is a beautiful, simple website that shows 24 hours of observations of Earth from the Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 like you’ve never seen before.

    It’s in stunning high-definition and gives a glimpse at what you might see if you were stationed 22,300 miles above the equator.

    Built by Charlie Loyd, who works on satellite imagery at Mapbox, the process used to create the beautiful animation is open source.

    Loyd says that “Himawari-8 has the best sensor of its kind in space today” and that it’s how Earth “really looks” over 24 hours… except sped up.

    Sit back, relax, and watch from above.

    Glittering Blue