Planet Earth’s Northern Hemisphere

A timelapse of Planet Earth from Electro-L, a geostationary satellite orbiting 40000km above the Earth. The satellite creates a 121 megapixel image every 30 minutes with four visible and infrared light wavelengths. The infrared light appears green in these images, and shows vegetation.  The images are the largest whole disk images of our planet, the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel.   The images are “masked” by a circular barrier that blocks out the light of the Sun and other stars.  This is to prevent damage to the camera by exposure to direct sunlight.  City lights are not visible because they are thousands of times less bright than the reflection of sunlight off the Earth.  The images have been interpolated (blended) to create a smooth animation.

Return of the Sun

Filmmakers Glen Milner and Ben Hilton Witness the Greenland’s First Dawn of the Year

Set against the expansively beautiful and iridescent landscape of Northern Greenland, Glen Milner and Ben Hilton’s subtle and touching short visits the annual sun-welcoming ritual of the country’s Inuit population, which celebrates the dawn after more than 40 days of complete winter darkness. Following the daily routine of an Inuit ice fisherman and his son, Return of the Sun examines the affects of the changing climate on their livelihood and community, and pays tribute to the locals’ innate adaptability. “While we were there our fisherman lost hundreds of pounds of fish due to ice breaking away and lines being lost, rare for this time of year,” explains Milner. “The fishermen were already thinking of new ways to hunt and the Inuit attitude in such a harsh environment proved inspiring.” Although the pair had previously worked together on diverse projects including Rwandan genocide prisoners and a short on experimental rock band Rolo Tomassi, filming in Greenland’s harsh environment offered unique new challenges. “Filming in such low temperatures with high winds is grueling. Keeping the camera out of the battering snow, keeping it warm and getting sound away from the winds was really tough, and it’s so dark,” says Hilton. “But emotionally, you see nature at its most inspiring and its most intense.”