December 5, 2012

The Black Marble


'Black Marble' glitters with Earth's night lights This picture of the night lights of North and South America is just one frame in the Black Marble series, which is based on data from the Suomi NPP satellite and was unveiled today during the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco. The image has been built up from readings made by the weather/climate satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS.

See it turn after the jump:

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 5, 2012 11:48 AM
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Lights out in France and the UK? 0:07

Posted by: at December 5, 2012 12:57 PM

What about the lights in the interior of western Australia? 0:28. I thought that was empty desert.

Posted by: BillH at December 5, 2012 6:56 PM

BIllH, it is absolutely empty desert. Unless the Abos have been up to something...

Posted by: Brett_McS at December 6, 2012 1:37 AM

Light is human life; that is all.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 8, 2012 6:50 PM