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Color from above: Filming animals from space

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Satellite technologies have provided an unprecedented view of wildlife for scientists to study. This clip from the BBC’s Earth From Space demonstrates how, when filming animals from space, researchers look for colors: Red on the icy Antarctic ground where a seal birth took place, to the white spots that identify an albatross colony on Bird Island, to Danger Island‘s patches of pink rock revealed the location of one of the largest penguin colonies on the planet. Spot them below:

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Previously from Earth from Space: Shaolin Kung Fu training as seen from high above Earth.

Plus: The animals of South Georgia Island, Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above and how does the Earth’s gravity help keep satellites in orbit?

Bonus spectroscopy video: How color can help us identify the chemical composition of distant stars.

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