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Antarctica looks so incredibly huge from space

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Oh wow. This incredible view of Antarctica shows it with its sea ice at its maximum, in the month of September. I never imagined it would look so goddamn huge.

This image shows a view of Earth on September 21, 2005, made from the data taken by the AMSR-E instrument, a device designed to capture temperatures and sea ice concentration onboard NASA's Aqua satellite (right now, AMSR-E is offline because of a malfunction due to aging of the lubricant that allowed its mechanism to spin, according to NASA.)


The picture has amazing detail when you zoom it.

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You can download the original 8,000 x 8,000 resolution right and explore it here.