Category Archives: NASA

Earth Month


With NASA’s space fleet of Earth-observing satellites constantly circle our globe, they’ve put together a rather gorgeous video documenting what our planet looked like throughout 2012, this includes some stunning true colour satellite imagery, Earth science data visualizations, time lapses from the International Space Station, and computer models, plus loads more from their bevy of different tech and instruments NASA has at its disposal in our orbit.

The video is part Earth Month 2013, which coincides with Earth Day on April 22nd of this year, you can always mosey on over to NASA’s Earth Month website for lots more video’s and information, sadly the video isn’t narrated, this would have been such a gem for the late great Carl Sagan to voice over…but still, it has some quite hypnotic beats.

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A Message from Mercury

Mercury Messenger Globe Animated GIF MilnersBlog*GIF Animation

And a colourful message at that, as they are some truly mind-blowing images coming NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft, the first ever spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury, and with its seven scientific/radio instruments its beginning to unravel the history and evolution of our Solar System’s innermost planet. Continue reading A Message from Mercury

The Black Marble

NASA The Black Marble 1 We all know about the historic Blue Marble images from NASA, they’ve now launched an amazing ‘Black Marble’ series that features dazzling and cloud-free images of ‘The Earth at Night’ and its city lights. These stunning images were constructed using a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, with a new sensor…the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiomter Suite (VIIRS) which is “sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth’s atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea,” according to NASA.

NASA The Black Marble Video Earth at Night

NASA Press Release

Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.
Many satellites are equipped to look at Earth during the day, when they can observe our planet fully illuminated by the sun. With a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth’s atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.

The new sensor, the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), is sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth’s atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea. Satellites in the U.S. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program have been making observations with low-light sensors for 40 years. But the VIIRS day-night band can better detect and resolve Earth’s night lights.

The new, higher resolution composite image of Earth at night was released at a news conference at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. This and other VIIRS day-night band images are providing researchers with valuable data for a wide variety of previously unseen or poorly seen events.

All Images ©2012 & Credit: NASA Earth Observatory