Earth at Night: NASA shows off ‘big black marble’

Satellite takes 22 days and 312 orbits to capture the night

NASA has just released “Earth at night,” an image that was 312 orbits and 22 days in the making. As the space agency explains, the data was gathered by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Patnership satellite. Lean in and marvel:


Black marble: Earth at night

NASA has just released "Earth at night," an image that was 312 orbits and 22 days in the making. As the space agency explains, the data was gathered by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Patnership satellite. Lean in and marvel:

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Fri, Dec 07 2012 03:54:31

NASA released some of the most spectacular nighttime views of the Earth ever seen from space http://on.mash.to/UfDhtePete Cashmore
NASA picture of earth. Pictures give fascinating glimpse of where in the world shines brightest at night http://pic.twitter.com/S4pIJ2f9MunnsMedia
The world in black, courtesy of the Suomi spacecraft: http://bbc.in/TLoQP3 #nasa #noaa Picture: http://pic.twitter.com/hz2H7vbqBBC News (World)
NASA releases incredibly detailed photos of Earth at night: (http://bit.ly/TKy9Pr) http://pic.twitter.com/BbeqXiTsDigg
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The Black Marble: NASA images show how much light is emitted from our planet at night http://trib.al/sTQmBlB #FastFeed http://pic.twitter.com/TuFYUIkiFast Company
After yesterday’s amazing photos of Earth at night… Here’s the original Blue Marble photo, taken 40 years ago today. http://pic.twitter.com/vbYcZCZYInstitute of Physics

NASA also used the date to create this animation:




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