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NASA Presents: The Black Marble

Posted on the 12 December 2012 by Luphil

Google Maps and NASA have just published a new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights. It is a composite assembled from data acquired by a satellite 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. Here are some pics on Mashable, and below a video of the pics. You find more on the NASA site.

A fantastic, light-filled view of our dear home planet’s beauty.

The Black Marble – Our Earth by Night
The Black Marbe. Credits: NASA


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