Looking at Earth at Night

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NASA releases new images of Earth at night (image credit: NASA).

NASA has released new composite images of the Earth at night. The images were all taken with the VIIRS instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite (an imager that orbits around Earth's poles). While the images are breathtaking, I'm more excited for what's coming next: later this year, NASA will be releasing DAILY data dumps from the night lights project. Meaning... scientists/anyone will be able to study the light/energy uses around the globe on a daily basis. 

I love data.

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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.