Visible Light/Infrared Side-By-Side Movies

This site lets you view QuickTime movies that show you what our world looks like in the infrared, compared with visible light. Simply click on the movie you want to view.

Remember as you look at the movies that infrared is really a form of heat, so in these movies darker colors are cooler, and warmer colors are brighter. Though the "scale" (meaning exactly what temperature is depicted as what color) is different from movie to movie, you can see some surprising colors in the infrared.

Yellowstone National Park

These movies were shot in Yellowstone National Park, and feature images of Earth's geothermal power.
  • A geyser in the woods: QuickTime Movie (25 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download
  • Another geyser: QuickTime Movie (35 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download
  • Old Faithful: QuickTime Movie (4 minutes 12 seconds, 35MB) Play or Download
  • Orange Spring Mound: QuickTime Movie (12 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Minerva Hot Spring: QuickTime Movie (31 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download
  • Emerald Hot Spring: QuickTime Movie (17 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Some local wildlife: QuickTime Movie (26 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download
  • A bubbling mudpot: QuickTime Movie (20 seconds, 4MB) Play or Download
  • A steaming mudpot: QuickTime Movie (4 seconds, 1MB) Play or Download
  • More mudpots: QuickTime Movie (15 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Steaming runoff from a geyser: QuickTime Movie (12 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Hot runoff mixing with cooler water: QuickTime Movie (14 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Runoff running downhill: QuickTime Movie (15 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • A hot spring: QuickTime Movie (17 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • A hot spring with cars passing: QuickTime Movie (9 seconds, 2MB) Play or Download
  • Another hot spring: QuickTime Movie (8 seconds, 2MB) Play or Download
  • A steaming hot spring: QuickTime Movie (14 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • A hot spring suddenly erupting: QuickTime Movie (34 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download


Flying Model Rocket

This footage shows the launch of an Estes flying model rocket. Notice the heat trail put out by the rocket engine as it leaves the ground.
  • A model rocket launch: QuickTime Movie (14 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • A rocket launch seen from across a football field: QuickTime Movie (31 seconds, 5MB) Play or Download
  • Another launch (notice the tiny orange flash when the parachute ejects): QuickTime Movie (15 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download


Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands sit on one of Earth's "hot spots," and so has some spectacular volcanism. These movies were shot during a recent cycle of eruption.
  • An eruption at night: QuickTime Movie (1 minute 27 seconds, 8MB) Play or Download
  • A thermal vent: QuickTime Movie (26 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download
  • A volcanic crater: QuickTime Movie (40 seconds, 9MB) Play or Download
  • Surf hitting a volcanic beach: QuickTime Movie (15 seconds, 2MB) Play or Download
  • Lava flow: QuickTime Movie (14 seconds, 3MB) Play or Download
  • Lava cooling into rock: QuickTime Movie (7 seconds, 2MB) Play or Download
  • Another lava flow: QuickTime Movie (32 seconds, 7MB) Play or Download
  • A slower-moving lava flow: QuickTime Movie (1 minute 18 seconds, 4MB) Play or Download
  • A narrow lava flow: QuickTime Movie (16 seconds, 17MB) Play or Download
  • A lava field forming: QuickTime Movie (23 seconds, 6MB) Play or Download


Santa Monica Beach

These movies were shot at the beach in Santa Monica, California.


Outdoor Mall

The infrared camera was used to explore a popular street mall in Santa Monica, California.


City Streets

Note the cars and people on city streets in Southern California.