Viral Image: The Biggest and Bluest Marble
I am at the funeral of my aunt today, giving the eulogy later, and it’s a sad occasion.
But for some reason, this stunning new version of the “Blue Marble” photo of Earth — taken on Jan. 4 by the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite instrument on NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite — is vaguely comforting.
Perhaps because it speaks of a much bigger picture, and of how delicately and elegantly life hangs in the dark universe.
All via an amazing piece of tech, the Suomi NPP, which NASA said is the “first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.”
(Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)