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 8000x8000 pix­els. Thank­fully, there are smaller sizes available.

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