Black Marble: Spectacular Images From NASA, NOAA of the Earth at Night

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-12-07
 
 
 

City Lights

This image of the United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October.

City Lights

Nile River Delta

On Oct. 13, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of the Nile River valley and delta.

Nile River Delta

Wide World

This composite map of the world was assembled from data acquired by the satellite in April and October.

Wide World

South America

The Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of part of the Atlantic coast of South America on the night of July 20.

South America

Korea and the Yellow Sea

Where South Korea is gleaming with city lights, North Korea has hardly any lights at all—just a faint glimmer around the capital city Pyongyang.

Korea and the Yellow Sea

Persian Gulf

This image was taken Oct. 15 when there was no moonlight, resulting in an extremely high contrast of light and dark. Urbanization is most apparent along the Northeast Coast of Saudi Arabia, in Qatar and in the United Arab Emirates.

Persian Gulf

Mustang Complex Fire

Numerous hot spots from the Mustang Complex Fire are visible in northern Idaho. A plume of thick, billowing smoke streams west from the brightest fires near the Idaho-Montana border.

Mustang Complex Fire

Delhi

On Nov. 12, the Suomi satellite captured this nighttime image of city, village and highway lights near Delhi, India.

Delhi

Superstorm Sandy

The monster Superstorm Sandy makes landfall along the southern New Jersey coast on the evening of Oct. 29.

Superstorm Sandy

Blackout

Following Sandy's landfall, large swathes of New York and New Jersey were left without power, as evidenced by this photo taken Nov. 1.

Blackout

Rocket Fuel