Watch an Entire Earth Day Pass By in 12 (Breathtaking) Seconds

Shaunacy Ferro
Glittering Blue
Glittering Blue / Glittering Blue

In August 2015, a new Japanese weather satellite called Himawari-8 began to collect images of the planet above the western Pacific Ocean, Australia, and parts of Asia, Antarctica, and Alaska. An enterprising map lover named Charlie Loyd then turned the resulting footage into a spectacular timelapse showing one complete day on Earth—24 hours compressed into a 12-second loop called Glittering Blue.

Go ahead and watch the clouds pass by. You can zoom out and look at the whole face of the globe, or zoom in and really get a good look at what that day's weather was like in Sydney.