“Remarkably detailed view” of Earth at night
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard features incredible views of planet Earth at night.
The spectacular composite images were captured by the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which is located onboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.
While many satellites are equipped to look at our planet during the day, the VIIRS sensor provides scientists with the opportunity to observe the Earth and its atmosphere at night.
Steve Miller is a researcher at NOAA’s Colorado State University Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere.
“For all the reasons that we need to see Earth during the day, we also need to see Earth at night,” said Miller. “Unlike humans, the Earth never sleeps.”
Video Credit: NASA Goddard
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