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NASA's Other Side of the Amazing 11500x11500 Blue Marble

Last week, NASA released the latest image in its iconic Blue Marble series of photographs of the Earth. This week, due to popular demand, the space agency released another version of the Blue Marble 2012 image. This one shows the Eastern Hemisphere.

"Responding to public demand, NASA scientists created a companion image to the wildly popular 'Blue Marble' released last week (January 25, 2012)," NASA said. "The new image is a composite of six separate orbits taken on January 23, 2012 by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Both of these new 'Blue Marble' images are images taken by a new instrument flying aboard Suomi NPP, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)."

In case you were wondering, NASA said that the four vertical lines of haze you see in the photo are a reflection of sunlight off the ocean, or 'glint,' that VIIRS captured as it orbited the globe.

The Western Hemisphere Blue Marble 2012 image, released January 25, has clocked up 3.1 million views making it one of the most viewed images on Flickr after just one week.

Hit up the NASA Flickr to get full-size Eastern Hemisphere Blue Marble 2012. For more on the Blue Marble series click here.

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  • vittau
    It's no big deal, if you've ever used OrbiterSim with the high-res Earth textures you've seen this before. It's not like this is an actual photo anyway, it's a montage...
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  • someguynamedmatt
    wiiyansWe have given up freedom for a false sense of security. What a joke.That's just asking for a flame war...
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  • Haters gonna hate
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  • rohitbaran
    Our planet is so beautiful! :)
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  • ojas
    want Asia too! :)
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  • geekapproved
    Wow amazing how this entire part of the planet is turning into desert.

    If you looked at that pic 20yrs ago there was a lot more greenery in Africa, especially near the river delta.
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  • spookie
    wow I can see my home from here! ;)
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  • memadmax
    geekapprovedWow amazing how this entire part of the planet is turning into desert.If you looked at that pic 20yrs ago there was a lot more greenery in Africa, especially near the river delta.
    The pictures were taken during winter yo.
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  • sandmanwn
    geekapprovedWow amazing how this entire part of the planet is turning into desert.If you looked at that pic 20yrs ago there was a lot more greenery in Africa, especially near the river delta.You have misinterpreted the photo. According to the Western Hemisphere shots, Canada and the US have the same desert wasteland appearance as Saudi Arabia, which we know isn't correct.

    VIIRS, the instrument taking the photos, is designed to focus on the atmosphere and accentuate things like clouds and aerosols, it is NOT meant to be a color accurate representation of ground foliage.
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  • jecastej
    It may not be accurate in color but it is taken from our planet these days and the high resolution brings a greater sense of dimension. Try to see what you can get from it and don't discredit the image for not being all it could be.
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