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  •  NASA Black Marble slideshow of Earth at night (3+ / 0-)
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    Flickr slideshow of more Suomi NPP "Earth at Night" imagery.

    Black Marble - City Lights 2012

    Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.
    Many satellites are equipped to look at Earth during the day, when they can observe our planet fully illuminated by the sun. With a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth's atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.

    The new sensor, the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), is sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth's atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea. Satellites in the U.S. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program have been making observations with low-light sensors for 40 years. But the VIIRS day-night band can better detect and resolve Earth's night lights.

    Here is a Youtube video of a full revolution

    This link to NASA press release has higher resolutions and other views taken by the Suomi NPP satellite.

    NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night - 12.05.12

    Link to NASA Earth Observatory Feature Art page with more images and videos.

    Earth at Night 2012: It’s the end of the night as you know it; you’ll see fine.

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    "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

    by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:28:21 PM PST

    •  Hey rja: would you make a diary out of this? (2+ / 0-)
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      I love, love, love items like this and they don't get much attention as what they are: examples of good government programs working for us all -- and b all, I mean Earth citizens, not just USA residents.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:25:49 PM PST

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      •  Sorry, but I would not do it justice. (0+ / 0-)

        I can cut and paste some links and pretty pictures, but I don't have the knowledge on this subject that would produce a worthy diary.

        "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

        by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:09:28 PM PST

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        •  I beg to differ. I think it's fine as is (1+ / 0-)
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          just needs to be posted where it'll get more views. You do it justice just fine: sweetly concise.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:28:09 PM PST

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          •  Arm has been twisted. (1+ / 0-)
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            If noone else (Calling DarkSyde, Troubadour, etc) has written about it, then I'll post something in the next wake period.

            "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

            by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:36:45 PM PST

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