Planet Earth, in high resolution
MANILA, Philippines - Earth finally has its highest-resolution planetary photo ever.
On Wednesday, January 25, NASA has released the "most amazing high definition image" of Earth ever - an 8000x8000-pixel 'headshot,' if you can call it as such.
NASA said the image was a composite of images taken of our planet on January 4, 2012, and shows a large part of North America, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
The images were taken from the Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.
The newest Earth-observing satellite, according to NASA, is the first of a new generation of satellites that will "observe many facets of our changing Earth."
It was named after Verner E. Suomi, who was a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin and acknowledged ast "the father of satellite meteorology."
Tech site Gizmodo said the 2012 "Blue Marble" image "bests the 2010 edition" - a mainstay in iPhones' default images folder - and the original one, taken during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 (see below).
For more dazzling images taken from space, NASA has several repositories available online, such as the Earth Observatory. - Rappler.com
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