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PhotoNews: Stunning photos of Earth at night


 

NASA has released an incredible new set of photos that show Earth at night with greater detail than ever before, the agency said today.

The brand-new pictures are feasible many thanks to a new sensing unit aboard the NASA-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite that was released last year. Many thanks to the brand-new sensor, Earth’s scientists can easily see the area in the course of nighttime hours. The sensor is so sensitive that it can “detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth’s atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea.”

NASA and the NOAA said it’s important to better understand what’s happening on Earth at night. “For all the reasons that we need to see Earth during the day, we also need to see Earth at night,” said Steve Miller, a researcher at NOAA’s Colorado State University Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, in a statement. “Unlike humans, the Earth never sleeps.”

NASA releases stunning photos of Earth at night

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You can look at these photos in full high-resolution detail over at Flickr.

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