Coding, Space

GIF Earth – GIFs from space

I’m working on developing my first Android app right now and it involves pulling a lot of interesting data and imagery from NASA. One of my favourite sources of space imagery is NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). It was launched aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in February 2015 and sits at the Earth-Sun Lagrange-1 point so it can see the entire globe. NASA shares the images with the public and they’re stunning. One of my favourites, when the moon passed between the DSCOVR and the Earth, is so good I made it the profile picture for a new Twitter bot project…

Today I made a Twitter account, @GifEarth, that shares (almost) daily GIFs of our planet as it looks from deep space approximately a million miles away. The bot checks with NASA to see if there are any new images for the day. If so, it collects all of them together, formats them and adjusts their sizes in order to make an animation small enough for Twitter. It combines all the images together to make one GIF for the whole day and uploads it as a tweet.

You can check it out and follow here: @GifEarth

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