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Earth, the Black Marble

Photo: NASA Earth Observatory
Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

Scientists today released a new series of composite photos of Earth at night. In contrast to NASA’s well known series of “Blue Marble” photos, this series has been name “Black Marble.” Most satellites can only photograph Earth in sunlight, but a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, allows scientists to observe and photograph Earth’s atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.

For more photos and information about the “Black Marble — City LIghts 2012” series, see NASA Goddard Photo and Video collection on Flickr. Don’t miss the beautiful HD animation.

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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