Thu, 03 Jan 2013 03:45:00 GMT | By Thomas Jutant, MSN France, translation by Hela Khamarou
Most stunning pictures of the Earth by night

You've never seen the Earth looking that good!

You’ve never seen the Earth looking that good! (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • You’ve never seen the Earth looking that good! (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • Asia between light and shadow (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • America’s Two-Face reality (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • Africa, the dark continent (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • Europe’s consistency (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • The Atlantic (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • Australia (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
  • The Americas (© NASA EO/Rex Features)
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Following the NASA'€™s Blue Marble Project, new HD images of the earth were released this week. This project is now called €œBlack Marble€. What is the difference between the two you might ask? Well, this new project only captures night-time views of the Earth!

The Suomi NPP satellite completed 312 orbits and gathered 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of the Earth'€™s land surface. This satellite is capable of detecting light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight.

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