Blue Marble

Above is an astonishing photograph of the Earth. It is the most detailed and accurate images of Earth taken yet. The photograph is truly amazing and shows the planet in all its beauty. It is such a wonderful image that words do not do it justice. 

Astronomers at the Goddard Space Flight Centre produced the series, called “Blue Marble”, using the Terra satellite more than 435 miles (700km) above the Earth’s surface. They also produced an accurate example of the Earth’s topography, ocean depths and Arctic and Antarctic ice. After capturing images every eight days – to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor’s view – the composition has even left Nasa experts astonished.

“These images are the most detailed images of Earth to date and which shows the beauty of our small planet,” a Nasa spokesman said.

Winter Blues

NASA has taken an amazing satellite image from space of Britain. It shows the majority of Britain under snow and ice. The image certainly illustrates the weather conditions we have been facing this week. According to the Met Office the temperatures reached a low of – 22.3C in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands last night. This is the lowest recorded temperature this winter in Britain. Unbelievably, this is colder than Antarctica at present! With the amount of snow that has fallen this week and the freezing temperatures I have had to work from home since Wednesday. The icy conditions in the morning have made the roads treacherous, the pavements a nightmare and the daily commute a no go.

The weather seems to have affected most aspects of daily life for many people. One area of business which has been boosted has been Britain’s ski resorts. The Glenshee Ski Centre in Perthshire has had an increase of 2,000 people a day since the New Year.  Unfortunately many parts of Britain are running out of grit and several places still have no power. Hopefully this will be the lowest temperatures we will encounter but with freezing winds expected over the weekend we will have to wait and see!