You can’t pinch the earth today, because it is wearing green. Though not quite this bright a shade of green. The images above were generated by the the European Space Agency’s satellite Proba-V, a washing machine sized cube that uses visible and infrared light to monitor the amount of vegetation on earth. It was only launched in 2013, but it’s sure to be a powerful tool in the study of climate change and
I was tipped off to Proba-V’s amazing images by Phil Plait over at Slate’s Bad Astronomy Blog.