Blue Marble 2012 - 'White Marble' Arctic View

Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument enough time (and longitude) to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.


Credit: NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP


Click here to view the western hemisphere Blue Marble 2012 from Suomi NPP:


About Suomi NPP - Over the last decade NASA launched a series of satellites that offer an unparalleled view of Earth from space. That series, known collectively as NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS), has provided striking new insights into many aspects of Earth, including its clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice, and atmosphere. However, as the EOS satellites age, a new generation of Earth-observing satellites are poised to take over.


The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership represents a critical first step in building this next-generation satellite system. Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science. Read more here:




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  • dolejnic_99 3y

    Did anyone notice the big set of LIPS to at 10 O'clock????

    I think this is a fake!!!
  • Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages 3y

    Wonderful Image And Information. Thank You

    amazing clarity and details even from so far away, thanks for sharing!
  • Ray Chiarello 3y

    It would take a big printer to produce this life-size. ;-p
  • Laura Sanchez 3y

  • research student 3y

    all images released from nasa are edited/altered...always have been...nice though...but not 100% real.
  • Beth 3y

    Another beautiful marble.
  • raqualit 3y

    captivating and exciting image.... Loving it and thanks for sharing.
  • John Westrock 3y

    Everyone on Flickr likes the image, but on reddit people feel differently. Interesting how social communities function.
  • Scott 3y

    Very nice capture - congrats!
  • Obiconkenobi 3y

    that is fricin awsome
  • Doda -Maryoga 3y

    Astounding image !!!!!
  • paprikadefrance 3y

    Magnifique, superbe vue
  • Eduard van Mil 3y

    The last one I have seen was a look over from California, this time I see The Netherlands, my home country! Very nice shot.
  • Phil 3y

    I can see my house!
  • samukee 3y

  • Nick Selivonik 3y

    @shellipsm I think it means it wasn't a picture taken like you would take it with a camera. The satellite scanned the earth and the image data captured was assembled into the picture you see.
  • celiad1 3y

    Wow! I've never seen a photo that shows the UK from space so clearly. Such a beautiful planet - take care of it!
  • Gemma Louise 2y

    Beautiful! And good to see the UK on a space picture properly!
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