6 December 2012
NASA Releases New “Lights at Night” Image In High Resolution.
Posted by Dan Satterfield
This image is possible thanks to the VIIRS sensor on the new Suomi satellite. The day night band imagery has already produced some spectacular nighttime shots of clouds and storm systems. You can read more about Suomi here.
You can overlay these on Google Earth by getting this KML File.
There is a 55 MB Quick Time movie of the Earth at night from NASA here.
Some of those small dots at the top of the picture (north) are only accessible by winter road, by plane, or in a couple of case, by boat/canoe. There is no year-round road to them. I’ve been to some of them for work. In ten years or so, there will be at least one full season road into the area so it would be interesting (and maybe depressing) to see how a picture 20 years from now would differ.