Google Maps Gets NASA's Spectacular "Black Marble" Photos of the Earth at Night

The images were already available for Google Earth

By on December 11th, 2012 11:21 GMT

Not one to miss an opportunity to show off some spectacular images, Google has integrated the breath-taking "Black Marble" photos from NASA, published last week, into Google Maps. The images were already made available by NASA for Google Earth, but they're now online integrated into the Google Maps viewer.

The data is not on the regular site, it was put together with Earth Builder, Google's map tool and service for enterprises and organizations.

"This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite," Google explained.

"The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands," it added.

The entire planet is mapped out, you can zoom in on any location, though the maximum zoom level of the images is significantly lower than the regular map.

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