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Black Marble: Amazing Earth at Night Photos from Space

Old Night Vision Meets New

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

On Nov. 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured the top image of city, village, and highway lights near Delhi, India.

Night Lights 2012 - The Black Marble

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012.

The Lights of London

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The image above shows London and the southern half of Great Britain as it appeared on the night of March 27, 2012.

South Asian Night Lights

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

On Nov. 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of southern Asia.

Before the Blackout in New Jersey and New York

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New Jersey, New York, and eastern Pennsylvania as viewed at night by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite. This image was taken on Aug. 31, 2012.

Blackout in New Jersey and New York

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

This image shows New Jersey, New York, and eastern Pennsylvania as viewed at night on Nov. 1, 2012.

Before Extensive Power Outages in Washington, DC Area

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

This image was taken before the power outages in the clear skies over Washington, DC and Baltimore that occurred as a result of a rare, fast-moving thunderstorm system on Friday, June 29th. The image was acquired June 28, 2012.

Power Outages in Washington, DC Area

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

Extensive power outages in Washington, DC and Baltimore are visible in this image. Clouds obscure the lights of Philadelphia and other areas north and east of Baltimore. This image as acquired on June 30, 2012.

Overnight View of Hurricane Sandy

NOAA/NASA/SuomiNPP

This image of Hurricane Sandy was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite at 2:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (06:42 Universal Time) on Oct. 28, 2012.

Sandy after Landfall

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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm around 3:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (7:35 Universal Time) on Oct. 30, 2012.

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