April 3, 2011
At first glance it looks like a potato-shaped asteroid flying through space.
But this multi-coloured image is actually the Earth – and shows how gravity varies on different parts of the globe.
The images were unveiled today by the team behind the GOCE satellite at a conference in Munich and are the most accurate ever released.
The ‘geoid’ map, as it is known, is used to illustrate how oceans would look in the absence of currents or tides.