Elegant Figures

Earth Day and Night

April 22nd, 2013 by Robert Simmon



Earth Day (8,192 by 8,192 pixels, 9.1 MB JPEG)
Earth Night (8,192 by 8,192 pixels, 4.2 MB JPEG)

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Chris Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense.

5 Responses to “Earth Day and Night”

  1. Raelene says:

    /sigh what a most beautiful planet, isn’t she just breathtaking to look at? no wonder she is popular. The Miss universe of the planets

  2. Susan Anderson says:

    What is the date these were taken? Clearly not 22 April 2013. Seems to me the post should have included this reference.

    I hope you will add it.

  3. Robert Simmon says:

    They weren’t “taken” at all–they’re composite images from multiple datasets. A variant of the Black Marble series.

  4. Susan Anderson says:


    I love Earth Observatory, and especially its images!

  5. Mike Bedford says:

    I wish I had these when I was doing my astronomy merit badge for the scouts.

    I was and still am captivated by the world beyond our atmosphere! The striking contrast between verdant regions and arid regions shows a marked contrast. Thanks for publishing these.

    Much appreciated.