Blue Marble (Planet Earth)

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    Courtesy: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

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    This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.

    Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite, MODIS provides an integrated tool for observing a variety of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric features of the Earth. The land and coastal ocean portions of these images are based on surface observations collected from June through September 2001 and combined, or composited, every eight days to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor’s view of the surface on any single day. Two different types of ocean data were used in these images: shallow water true color data, and global ocean color (or chlorophyll) data. Topographic shading is based on the GTOPO 30 elevation dataset compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center. MODIS observations of polar sea ice were combined with observations of Antarctica made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s AVHRR sensor—the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer. The cloud image is a composite of two days of imagery collected in visible light wavelengths and a third day of thermal infra-red imagery over the poles. Global city lights, derived from 9 months of observations from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, are superimposed on a darkened land surface map.

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    1. merlinberg1 63 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the photo. I'm posting on my web site

    2. Intentional Vision 61 months ago | reply

      I like this photo and used it in my blog Real Life Spirituality.

    3. hurley_167 61 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your photo. I work in city planning in Chicago and we're using it for one of our blog posts.

      Let me know if it's OK; though I am assuming yes by the use of the people above.

    4. smithkc9999 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing! I do some freelance writing and this photo accompanies an article at
      Thanks--it's a fantastic picture!

    5. BodyEarth 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks for allowing me to use this gorgeous photo in my blog post! I gave you credit.

    6. United for Clean Water 59 months ago | reply

      I may incorporate this into a logo for a non-profit organization. Is that all right with you?

    7. smithkc9999 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks again! This photo accompanies an article at

      It's a beautiful picture!

    8. PapaDaveLavell 57 months ago | reply

      Woodley Wonderworks,

      I'm an amateur songwriter and I'm building a slideshow to post to YouTube for a song of mine called, "IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING". Your photo "Blue Marbe (Planet Earth) at is excellent. Can I use it in my slideshow? (I'll credit you for it- perhaps "courtesy of woodleywonderworks@flickr")

    9. spindoctorjimbo 57 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much for the photo! I have used it in the following post:
      I blog about renewable energy, environmental justice, and the important role of community engagement in all such matters. This particular post relates the life of Don Harris, an important figure in the micro hydro electric movement.

    10. efawhy 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the beautiful photo - I have used it for an article on
      Available here:

    11. seickemeyer2000 54 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this image! It's lovely. I used it for a post in my blog:

    12. lincolnfenner 52 months ago | reply


      Congratulations on a very nice picture!

      Thanks for making it available. We plan on using it on the artwork of a DVD cover and poster for a low-budget doco called More 4 Me.

      75% of any profits of the doco will go to aid organisations looking after the impoverished around the world.

      Many thanks

      Lincoln Fenner
      Director - More 4 Me

    13. sukmamerati 50 months ago | reply

      Really truly lovely our planet of Earth.... Amazing blue

    14. sanjeev-sharma 50 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing image of the blue earth. The question that we need to answer is how long will our earth remain blue? The way we are playing with the natural resources, water and the environment, the day may not be far when the same earth may turn yellow. I have used this image on the article Environment Does Not Need Our Protection. Thanks.

    15. Majkman 48 months ago | reply

      thanks for the use of this as a refference
      here is my result

    16. kläder online 47 months ago | reply

      I love this picture and i will use the pic on new my kläder på nätet blog. thx for sharing woodleywonderworks !

    17. Christopher Jeffries 24 months ago | reply

      Hi, I recently used this image in a presentation at university. As per your copyright request, credit details were included.

      I really appreciate that you made a great image like this available under Creative Commons!

    18. 4 months ago | reply

      Great image! I used this on a FB post here: and here:
      Thanks so much,

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