Thursday, December 6, 2012

Video: Take a Look at New Dazzling View of Earth at Night

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Proving that, yes, there are a lot of night owls, NASA has released new photos and videos taken with high-resolution visible and infrared imager cameras aboard a NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, capturing the Earth at night in stunning detail.

According to NASA, "the new sensor, the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite is sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth's atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea."

Steve Miller, a researcher at NOAA's Colorado State University Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, added, "For all the reasons that we need to see Earth during the day, we also need to see Earth at night. Unlike humans, the Earth never sleeps."

The National Weather Service plans to use the enhanced image technology to help forecast fog in coastal regions.

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