A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

by Felix Dierich


Original TitleA Year Along the Geostationary Orbit
DirectorFelix Dierich
Duration16:00 min

About the director

Felix Dierich was born in 1980 and grew up in Lübeck, Germany. In 2008 he graduated from Oldenburg University with a diploma in computer science and arts and media as secondary subject. He lives in Oldenburg, where he has an IT job in the renewable energy sector. His artistic activity is in the fields of photography, short films and installations. He has been a team member of zwergWERK short film festival in Oldenburg since 2002.


35786 km above Earth, travelling at more than 11000 km/h, Himawari-8, Japan’s most advanced meteorological satellite, observes the Eastern Hemisphere day and night.
For one year we look through the eyes of the distant observer. From solstice to solstice, from pole to pole, from storm to storm we watch Earth’s beauty and fragility, weather’s wonders, forces and disasters – from space, it all looks miraculous.


Concept, Coding, Image Creation, Colour Optimization, Compositing, Cacophony: Felix Dierich

Satellite data (irradiation scans): Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

Thanks: Anne Leeb, Igor Waldl, Ian Grant Roman Vehlken, JMA / BoM / NCI

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