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NASA Releases Incredibly-Detailed Photos Of Earth At Night

Scientists at NASA have unveiled an unprecedented new look of planet Earth at night.

The ‘Black Marble’ series features dazzling, cloud-free images of city lights, raging wildfires and colourful auroras—that were constructed using a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite.

The satellite’s new sensor—the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiomter 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,” according to NASA.

Check out some of the shots below:

[via NASA, images via Flickr]
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