Earth at Night: It’s the end of the night as you know it; you’ll see fine.

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Black Marble 2017: Night Light Maps Open Up New Applications

Black Marble 2017: Night Light Maps Open Up New Applications

By removing natural and stray light sources, researchers have provided a clearer picture of the human footprint on Earth and opened up new opportunities in disaster response, demographics, and applied research.

Black Marble: Spheres and Animations

Black Marble: Spheres and Animations

Download hemisphere views and global animations of the Earth at Night.

Earth at Night: Flat Maps

Earth at Night: Flat Maps

Download flat map views of the Earth at Night (in JPEG and GeoTIFF).

Black Marble 2012: Out of the Blue and Into the Black

Black Marble 2012: Out of the Blue and Into the Black

The night is nowhere near as dark as most of us think. In fact, the Earth is never really dark; it twinkles with lights from humans and nature.

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By Michael Carlowicz Design by Paul Przyborski April 12, 2017

Scientists are using images of Earth’s dark side to gain insight on human activity and poorly understood natural events.