The Earth at Night: “The Black Marble”

By Claire

NASA has just released a series of images taken by one of NASA’s satellites of the Earth at night.

The images show a network of city lights, wild fires, gas flares and fishing boats, illustrating the pattern of human settlement across the Earth.

The images were taken using┬áthe day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which is sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth’s atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea. These images have been stitched together to produce a composite image of the planet, titled “The Black Marble“.

See the full suite of images here.

2 responses to “The Earth at Night: “The Black Marble”

  1. Some of the pictures were already released a few days ago on a German website, saying that West Australia obviously is more populated than the East…Now you know how much Germans know about Australia ;)

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