Almost 40 years to the day after the Apollo 17 crew snapped the famed
"blue marble" image of Earth floating in space on December 7, 1972, NASA
unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night.
composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new
NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite,
shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in
greater detail than ever before.
The cloud-free pictures, taken with a
high-resolution visible and infrared imager aboard a NASA and National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, capture the night
lights of Earth in unprecedented detail. The so-called day-night band of
the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS.