The Earth at night – NASA Earth Observatory’s Black Marble images

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NASA released Thursday new stunning ‘black marble’ images of Earth at night. The images were constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, according to NASA.

NASA publishes ‘black marble’ images of Earth at night
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
10:13 a.m. EST, December 6, 2012

The first images of Earth as seen from space, appearing as a swirly blue marble, were groundbreaking. Now NASA has published photos of Earth by night using infrared imaging technology via satellite.

The images show what is now a fairly familiar view of clusters of city lights, but what is different is it shows those twinkling lights from afar across the entire globe. You can see the darkened planet at various vantage points, as well as in an animated video, at NASA’s Earth Observatory website.

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