New Year's Night
acquired January 1, 2018 download large image (2 MB, JPEG, 4137x2758)

One of the first images acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in 2018 was this clear nighttime view of the northeastern United States. On a frigid night lit by a nearly full Moon, city lights shone brightly amidst the snow-covered landscape.

With temperatures of 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-13 degrees Celsius) in New York City, the 2018 New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square was the second coldest on record.

The image above was acquired by the VIIRS “day-night band,” a sensor that detects light signals in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared, and uses filtering techniques to observe signals such as city lights, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Text by Adam Voiland.

Instrument(s): 
Suomi NPP - VIIRS

New Year's Night

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