Earth Rotation from Galileo Imagery: 3600 x Real-Time

  • Released Tuesday, September 1st, 1998
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:59PM
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This animation is one in a series created to show an accurate representation of the Earth's rotation at different temporal resolutions. The animation is created from images taken by the Galileo spacecraft during a close pass of the Earth on December 11-12, 1990. The animations range from real-time, in which no rotation can be perceived, to 3600 times real-time, in which both the Earth's rotation and cloud motion can bee seen. The series also includes an animation in which the Earth's rotation has been 'halted' so that cloud motion is easier to see and an animation showing the specific amount of rotation that takes place in three minutes.

Video slate image reads, "Earth Rotation". from Galileo Imagery3600 x Real-Time

Video slate image reads, "Earth Rotation". from Galileo Imagery
3600 x Real-Time

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