Thanks to popular demand, NASA has released another high-res perspective of Planet Earth as shot by their new Suomi NPP satellite.
The new shot, composited over a series of six orbits, shows the Eastern Hemisphere of the planet as it appeared on January 23rd, 2012.
“Compiled by NASA Goddard scientist Norman Kuring, this image has the perspective of a viewer looking down from 7,918 miles (about 12,742 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface from a viewpoint of 10 degrees South by 45 degrees East,” their Flickr site reads. “The four vertical lines of ‘haze’ visible in this image shows the reflection of sunlight off the ocean, or ‘glint,’ that VIIRS captured as it orbited the globe.”
NASA says that the “Blue Marble” pic released last week has quickly racked up 3.1 million hits – making it already one of the most viewed images in the site’s history.
For a crazy, full res shot, click on the picture below and prepare to wait a few moments. Believe me, it’s worth it.