Blue Marble 2012: The “most amazing” image of the Earth yet

Blue Marble 2012: The “most amazing” image of the Earth yet
Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

NASA has released another stunning Blue Marble image of the Earth, describing it as the “most amazing highest resolution” image yet.

The image was captured on January 4, 2012 using the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board NASA’s recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. Suomi NPP continually observes changes occurring on the Earth’s surface.

The image is a composite one, created from a number of individual shots taken during several passes of the Earth’s surface.

NASA has previously released two iconic Blue Marble images of the Earth, one taken in 2010 and another in 2002 – instantly recognisable as the default background image on early iPhone models.


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