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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

VIDEO FROM SPACE: An Unprecedented New Look at Our Planet at Night

  • This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. 
  • The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. 
  • It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands. 
  • This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

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