If you have an iPhone, you know that one of the default background pictures is a photo of the planet Earth from space. It’s based on a photo taken from Apollo 17 in 1972. This week, NASA revealed a brand new, super high-resolution photo of the Earth on it’s Flickr page, entitled “Blue Marble 2012.”
According to the Washington Post, the stunning photo graph is actually a digital composite of pictures taken by the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) during four passes of the earth-observing satellite, Suomi NPP. Visible in the photograph are the United States, Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Take a look at this remarkable image in it’s highest resolution of 8000 x 8000 pixels. If you pan up from the Texas coastline, you can easily see the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex just peeking out from behind a cloud bank. Lake Texoma, Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, and Lake Worth are easily identifiable landmarks, but their tiny size in this ginormous image makes you realize just how tiny we are in comparison to our great, great planet.
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