What Does Earth Look Like?

  • Published: 12 November 2013
  • Follow Michael Stevens: http://www.twitter.com/tweetsauce

    Dr. Julian Bayliss' rainforest story: http://youtu.be/mni8mSS4KDU

    Cool video from CGPGrey: "How Many Countries Are There?" http://youtu.be/4AivEQmfPpk

    upside-down map: http://paulmencke.nl.dualdev.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Upside-down-World-Map.jpg

    INTERACTIVE projection site: http://www.jasondavies.com/maps/transition/

    Chromoscope: http://www.chromoscope.net/

    Mercator Puzzle: https://gmaps-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/poly/puzzledrag.html

    xkcd on maps: http://xkcd.com/977/

    Earth "live": http://aa.usno.navy.mil/imagery/earth/live

    interactive gnomonic: http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/3795048

    West Wing MAPS clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8zBC2dvERM

    Earth from Mars: http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2012/08/10/what-does-earth-look-like-from-mars/

    Earth from Saturn: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20130722/

    "look" etymology: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=look

    wave on a string simulation: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/wave-on-a-string

    Hi-res electromagnetic spectrum: http://www.zulyzami.com/dl16?display

    Earth under different light: http://orbitingfrog.com/2008/06/25/earth-and-friends-in-multiple-wavelengths/

    Moon's shadow on Earth: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/11/04/solar_eclipse_november_solar_eclipse_pictures_and_videos.html

    Bad Astronomer on twitter: https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer

    Africa compared to big countries: http://cdn.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/africa.jpg

    Map projection info:


    What we used to think Earth looked like from space: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/09/heres-what-we-thought-earth-would-look-like-from-space/

    Earth is not a perfect sphere: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=earth-is-not-round

Comments • 14 257

  • Andrew Dussault
    Andrew Dussault  54 minutes back

    8:55 The dimaxian chicken!

    • william garcia
      william garcia  3 hours back

      I call bullshit



        • Silke Ecks
          Silke Ecks  7 hours back

          That vid is TREMENDOUS!

          • Kawerau Woods
            Kawerau Woods  14 hours back

            Would you like tabasco or Vsauce with your meal?

            • THE CROSS
              THE CROSS  18 hours back

              "Hey, what's up?"
              "DEFINE UP."

              • King Chao
                King Chao  24 hours back

                0:00 - Menu
                2:34 - Chocolate Sundae
                3:40 - Stacked Donuts
                4:50 - Strawberry Milkshake
                5:33 - Melon Can
                6:37 - Baking Powder
                8:25 - Nothing

                Because it takes a certain kind of person with enough free time to notice these things.

                • Mikhail Jair Nisbett
                  Mikhail Jair Nisbett  1 days back

                  LOOK OUTSIDE AND TELL ME

                  • Jarek 2210
                    Jarek 2210  1 days back

                    1:43 you're breathtaking!

                    • Sean Mulholland
                      Sean Mulholland  1 days back

                      Non of those cgi pictures dumbass

                      • BxckStxbber 12
                        BxckStxbber 12  1 days back

                        I have a very accurate idea of what Earth looks like. Earth looks like Earth.

                        • Wojciech Kohut
                          Wojciech Kohut  2 days back

                          1:43 Nooo you are breathtaking!

                          • TAYVIN BECRAFT
                            TAYVIN BECRAFT  2 days back

                            01:43 no, you're breathtaking

                            • Med Laarabi
                              Med Laarabi  2 days back

                              U are breath taking

                              • J Dixon
                                J Dixon  2 days back

                                the earth looks flat

                                • Cameron Alcala
                                  Cameron Alcala  2 days back

                                  Me:*hears breathtaking*

                                  all the screens in my house: *starts playing the matrix*

                                  • machendachen
                                    machendachen  2 days back

                                    "Aaaahhhhboooshiiittt".....oh excuse me! Sniffle sniffle...

                                    • EJB inc.
                                      EJB inc.  2 days back

                                      Wait, the earth...isn't flat?

                                      • Sixcutter !
                                        Sixcutter !  2 days back


                                        I play phat or what ever its called in science class

                                        • DjZorlag
                                          DjZorlag  2 days back

                                          Flat-headed Earthers have left the chat.

                                          • JuneforJosh
                                            JuneforJosh  2 days back

                                            Julian Bayliss: “Wkxudnnekwislkqmndjcuuenhw”
                                            Michael: “Wow!”

                                            • Kyle Ruiz
                                              Kyle Ruiz  3 days back

                                              Vsauce, do you believe in God?

                                              • Uden One-Eye
                                                Uden One-Eye  3 days back

                                                Dirt, water, plants, and animals. And human-made cancer.

                                                • Alexander Jackson
                                                  Alexander Jackson  3 days back

                                                  a sphere

                                                  • Team2Litty
                                                    Team2Litty  3 days back

                                                    Well duh our eye cant tell the earth is flat . it also cant tell the moon is flat . It cant tell that the moon is made of cheese and is a hollow death star. Btw flat earther need to


                                                    • Phoenix Uprising
                                                      Phoenix Uprising  3 days back

                                                      The outro music was really retro synth.

                                                      • Travis Ryno
                                                        Travis Ryno  3 days back

                                                        Does anyone here think....Mars is flat?.....

                                                        • Briam Maco
                                                          Briam Maco  3 days back

                                                          Everyone: What does earth look like
                                                          Vsauce: Well what does look mean

                                                          • gabriel perozzogajardo

                                                            2:00 i loved this music, whats the name ?

                                                            • Zeref Lux
                                                              Zeref Lux  3 days back

                                                              I need all those changing treats u got there

                                                              • François LeCanadien
                                                                François LeCanadien  3 days back

                                                                I did'nt know that...

                                                                • Patrik Lindström
                                                                  Patrik Lindström  3 days back

                                                                  1:42 no, you're

                                                                  • Tyra Ellen
                                                                    Tyra Ellen  4 days back

                                                                    This map system seems racist to be honest

                                                                    • Tyra Ellen
                                                                      Tyra Ellen  4 days back

                                                                      The Egyptians made the Maps first the reason why north is up is because of white supremacy- That’s why southern countries are actually made smaller on a map than they actually are in reality, northern countries are enlarged... it’s the most ridiculous photo shop I’ve ever seen...

                                                                      • Legio
                                                                        Legio  4 days back

                                                                        Somebody: "You look good!"
                                                                        Me: "Well yes, but actually no"

                                                                        • Ransify
                                                                          Ransify  4 days back

                                                                          Michael: What Does The Earth Look Like?

                                                                          Also Michael: but first, what is look?

                                                                          • Berlin German
                                                                            Berlin German  4 days back


                                                                            • Making a video for every one of my subscribers

                                                                              Fools. The earth doesn't exist

                                                                              • XVampireX
                                                                                XVampireX  4 days back

                                                                                1:43 when vsauce is a timetraveller and already knows the keanu reeves meme in 2013 does he know if the area 51 did go well?

                                                                                • Tri lolwat
                                                                                  Tri lolwat  5 days back


                                                                                  • Henry Lyman
                                                                                    Henry Lyman  4 days back


                                                                                  • Ultimate Thincc
                                                                                    Ultimate Thincc  4 days back

                                                                                    @tgstudio85 Kid, just shut the fuck up please, you're not funny at all so quit your dumbass jokes..I like the irony where this guy says "you trolls are boring" while he laughs "r/woooosh"

                                                                                  • Tri lolwat
                                                                                    Tri lolwat  4 days back

                                                                                    @tgstudio85 If i couldn't read i wouldn't be replying, calm ur fucking horomones challenged 10 year old xdddd

                                                                                  • tgstudio85
                                                                                    tgstudio85  4 days back

                                                                                    @Tri lolwat So you can't read too, how sad:(

                                                                                  • Tri lolwat
                                                                                    Tri lolwat  5 days back

                                                                                    @tgstudio85 what

                                                                                • j k
                                                                                  j k  5 days back

                                                                                  4.30 thats where i live the best country ....... SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR called AUSTRALIA

                                                                                  • Mike Hawk
                                                                                    Mike Hawk  5 days back

                                                                                    "Hey, Michael, how's it going?"

                                                                                    "How am I? To answer that question, we must ask how are *you* are going..."

                                                                                    "Michael, please-"

                                                                                    • General King
                                                                                      General King  5 days back

                                                                                      What an ass clown you are

                                                                                      • CogitoErgoCogitoSum
                                                                                        CogitoErgoCogitoSum  5 days back

                                                                                        @Vsauce, I dont think its quite fair to say there is a bias of associating North with better in map design. However true that statement about the North being better may be, it is not the reason for map design. Early maps were made with the East at the top. That is where we get the term "the orient" in reference to the far east. Maps were oriented such that the rising sun was at the top of the map.

                                                                                        • Mr MEMé
                                                                                          Mr MEMé  5 days back

                                                                                          ARSE-STRAAAAYLEANS have always thought of
                                                                                          them-selves as Bigger thann they actually Are

                                                                                          • Mr MEMé
                                                                                            Mr MEMé  5 days back

                                                                                            dont know distance new york to las angles so skipped videoh 👎

                                                                                            • X
                                                                                              X  5 days back

                                                                                              1:05 = pink Floyd

                                                                                              • Yung Stallion
                                                                                                Yung Stallion  6 days back

                                                                                                Pwy sydd yn siarad cymraeg te?