It's a spectacular image. Click to view in full resolution!
But the projection is slightly...unusual. Can you pick why this isn't what the earth would look like if you were viewing it from, say, the moon?
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Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets. Follow Alex Wild on Twitter