This dynamic GIF of the Earth was created by images captured by NASA’s GOES-14 weather satellite on May 22. There’s nothing outstanding about the weather report on this particular day, but look at how the GIF shows our blue marble moving and breathing in black and white. Lovely!
Launched in 2009, GOES-14 is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite program. What does that mean? It orbits the Earth making scans of weather patterns. Most notably, it was used to track Hurricane Sandy last year, and, before that, Tropical Storm Isaac. While this particular picture doesn’t show us any crazy weather going on, it sure is beautiful.