Every once in a while we share a resource that makes up stop and say, “wow”. This is one of those links! Big thanks to our friend Barb Wallner who brought this article and these pictures to our attention. Be sure to click on the article link to read more and see two other stunning images compiled by the Suomi.

Be prepared to see the “blue marble” view of earth as never seen before…They call this the “black marble”. It was assembled from a series of cloud-free images acquired over time by the Suomi spacecraft. “The Black Marble dataset shows off one of Suomi’s key innovations: the low-light sensitivity of its VIIRS instrument.”

Originally posted on BBC News blog, December 6, 2012. Written by Jonathan Amos http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20621177