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Elegant Figures

Earth Day and Night

April 22nd, 2013 by Robert Simmon

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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:

    Thanks!

    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.