On Wednesday December 5, NASA released a series of extremely high resolution images that give us the most detailed night view of Earth ever created. They were taken by a newly launched NASA-NOAA satellite that's equipped with a sensor to observe the planet at night. The sensor is capable of detecting the noctural glow produced by the Earth's atmosphere as well as the light from a single ship at sea.

The photos reveal a black marble lit up with twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colourful auroras.

Composite image of the world.

Image of North America at night.

The Nile River Valley and Delta.

See more images on the NASA website. All images courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/Suomi NPP

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