January 26th, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Blue Marble

"A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.

Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS."

Source: NASA

Filed under: Light up the screen
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Urs

    ...or browse it using Google Maps up to village level: http://www.blue-marble.de/nightlights/2012

    February 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  2. Achernar

    Click on the Source: NASA link and download the 8000×8000 pixel full size image to fully appreciate this.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

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