Most Amazing Blue Marble

Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Images like this high-resolution beauty from NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite will help us monitor our changing Earth.

Dive across the Western Hemisphere from western California to the Yucatan Peninsula. This ‘Blue Marble’ image of Earth is a composite of many swaths taken by the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite instrument (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP. The satellite was renamed Suomi NPP January 24, 2012 in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi of the Univesity of Wisconsin.

You can download this to update the background of your mobile device at NASA Goddard’s Flickr site. The original used to make this zoom is a bandwidth-bending 8000×8000 pixels. Thankfully, there are smaller sizes available.

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