Almost 40 years to the day after the Apollo 17 crew snapped the famed “blue marble” image of Earth floating in space on December 7, 1972, Nasa has unveiled “black marble” views of the planet by night. The cloud-free pictures, taken with a high-resolution visible and infrared imager aboard a NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, capture the night lights of Earth in unprecedented detail. (Pix: NASA/Rex Features)

Full size, zoomable, full-screenable version here. (Thanks, Conski)

Black marble: new high-resolution satellite images of the Earth at night (Telegraph)

(Hat tip: Aaron McAllorum)