Big Pic: Watching the Moonlit Earth

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Back at the beginning of December NASA and NOAA unveiled some of the

marvelous new visible light imagery of Earth at night at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting

in San Francisco. There was so much new and exciting in these images that I didn't

manage to get around to highlighting one of my favorites: seeing Earth illuminated by moonlight.

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So I'm very grateful to somebody at NASA who understood the firehose nature of information blasting out of the AGU meeting, and has seen fit to steadily re-release some

of these great images over the last few weeks.

The most recent series is this wonderful set of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula images seen from space, at night, under

different phases of the moon.The images were captured in 2012 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP

satellite.

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The wider, full resolution, unannotated images can be found at NASA's Earth Observatory.

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