Click over to Glittering Blue to for some beautiful time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from space, captured by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite. The footage speeds up 24 hours into 12 seconds, giving us a mesmerizing look at the western Pacific, Australia, and parts of Asia, Antarctica and Alaska as they looked on August 3rd, 2015.
The site, created by Charlie Lloyd, also features an informative Q&A section which tackles various science-related queries that may be raised by this footage. If you’re wondering why images of Earth shot from space don’t always look alike or why the sunrise/sunset look orange-ish, you’ll find it to be very interesting reading. As for whether one can use this footage to convince any Flat-Earth-theory-espousing friends, Glittering Blue’s take is this: “It’s hard to argue people out of conspiracy theories. If you’re worried about people not understanding the wonders of science and so forth, your effort might be better spent on helping someone who wants help than on fighting someone who doesn’t.”