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Stunning Nasa Images Show 'Earth Never Sleeps'
Scientists have revealed an unprecedented view of Earth at night showing the glow of natural and human-built phenomena in greater detail than ever before.
The new images were taken by a Nasa-NOAA satellite that was launched last year.
Its 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.
Unlike a camera that captures a picture in one exposure, the day-night band produces an image by repeatedly scanning a scene and resolving it as millions of individual pixels.
The day-night band observed Hurricane Sandy, illuminated by moonlight, making landfall over New Jersey on the evening of October 29.
Night images showed the widespread power outages that left millions in darkness in the wake of the storm.
With its night view, VIIRS is able to detect a more complete view of storms and other weather conditions, such as fog.
It also pictured the Nile River, a map of the US east coast and the lights from a line of fishing boats.
"For all the reasons that we need to see Earth during the day, we also need to see Earth at night," said Steve Miller, a researcher at NOAA's Colorado State University Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere.
"Unlike humans, the Earth never sleeps."
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what do you think?
Blast i see the bulb in the streetlamp outside has gone again.
We humans can travel into space, invent amazing technology and our imagination is limitless. . . So how come we still cant love our fellow humans enough to stop killing each other?
Cus some of us support zionists and apathetic royals.
A great man once said if you want peace prepare for war.
Cos some of us support terrorists and communists.
Oh Jimmy. . . Do you really believe ALL the evil in the world is the fault of jewish people? Do you include all the jewish babies? If you hate them so much why not go to Gaza and join Hamas? Or is that too close to the actual fighting for you?
I said Zionists, not Jewish people. only idiots don't know the difference ;)
Because some of us are still nutters.
Anyone know where these photos can be found? Will try NASAs webpage later...
if you support the british government you support terrorism and communism lol Our strickt soon to be hyped up socialism in this country is heading for state controled media and a soviet state, not to mention the millions of people we kill or help kill around the globe. So Lorgar my friend, it's you that supports communism and terrorists. Cold shower now!