NASA recently released the clearest images yet of Earth at night.
The new and stunning photos are part of an ongoing project to build a composite map of the globe’s night lights.
While most night light maps are crafted every decade or so, NASA scientists are working on a website that will automatically update this imagery as often as it can, possibly every month or even daily.
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The satellite providing the images is the 2011 Suomi NPP and its cutting-edge infrared imaging technology know as “VIRRS.”
By developing new software and algorithms, NASA scientists hope to push the satellite to its full potential, moving it closer to observing light as dim as an isolated highway lamp or a fishing boat.