I don't know about you, but I never get tired of enjoying space photos and videos. Whether they're images of the farthest reaches of the universe or our beautiful Earth, they always take my breath away.
That's why I was excited last year when the International Space Station got the High Definition Earth-Viewing System and started live-streaming HD video of the Earth and the surrounding space. That was cool, but this year space video took another huge leap forward. The ISS just activated a camera module made by URtheCast that records Ultra High-Definition, or 4K, video. Learn why 4K video is such a big deal for the future of entertainment.
The camera is usually pointed at our Earth, although it also recorded some great footage of a recent Space X capsule delivering supplies. It captures 6 squares miles every 60 seconds, and it can resolve details down to about a yard, which means at full zoom you can see cars moving on the ground.
Unfortunately, we can't watch this amazing video stream live, yet. That's because the data that carries 4K video is way too big to transmit live from space. However, NASA is collecting it, editing it and posting it on the ReelNASA YouTube channel. Want to see this incredibly stunning video from space?
Here's the first gorgeous installment:
To watch in 4K, you'll need to click the gear icon in the lower-right corner of the video and set the quality to 2160p. Just note that unless you have a 4K computer monitor, it won't be a true 4K experience.
To check your screen resolution in Windows, right-click on your Desktop and select Screen Resolution. On a Mac, go to Apple menu in the top left corner and choose "System Preferences." Then click "Display."
4K video is considered any resolution over 3840×2160. If your resolution is less than that, select the closest quality setting YouTube offers. Also, don't forget that 4K video is huge, so if you have a slower connection it might take a while to load, and slower computers might stutter trying to play it.