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NASA Satellite Captures EPIC View of Earth’s Clouds and More (Video) by Calla Cofield, Staff Writer December 14, 2015 03:00pm ET

Black Marble: Amazing Earth at Night Photos from Space by Staff April 17, 2017 03:00pm ET

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New Nighttime Map Shows Earth in Whole New Light – Comparing satellite data from 2012 and 2016 reveals where the planet has dimmed and brightened.

Earlier this month, when NASA released a new global mosaic of Earth’s night-lights based on images collected throughout 2016, cartographer John Nelson was intrigued by the comparison with the 2012 mosaic. NASA’s image sliders, which show a spot of Earth from both of those time periods, revealed changes in the quantity or brightness of lights.

Nelson, a cartographer at the mapping-software company Esri, compared the equivalent pixels on two different maps and calculated the difference by subtracting the brightness value of one from the other. He then mapped those differences, showing places where the 2016 mosaic was brighter in blue, and places that had dimmed in pink.


NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera (site)

Earth from 895,090 miles
Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera – Natural Color

NASA Goddard YouTube channel video – Tour of the Moon in 4K (published on Apr 9, 2018)

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.
This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at:
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/David Ladd & Ernie Wright
Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer – Scientific Visualization Studio
David Ladd (USRA): Lead Producer, Editor, Narrator
Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist