Get ready to fill your eyes up with planet Earth. You’ve seen pictures of our little blue marble from space before, but you’ve never seen one taken with this kind of high-definition quality. NASA has released what they say is the highest definition photo ever taken of our planet.
Here it is, click the image to see the massive 8000×8000 ultra HD version…
I can see my house from here!
This new “blue marble” image of Earth is actually a composite, made using a number of swaths of Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012 by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite, Suomi NPP (named after professor Verner E. Suomi). It’s not much of a name for a satellite, I probably would have just gone with “Vernor”.