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 is a passionate scientist, educator, and science communicator. As an assistant professor at York University in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, he teaches three classes: History of Astronomy, Introduction to Astronomy, and Exploring the Solar System. He frequently collaborates with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and lends his expert voice to the Ingenium Channel. Jesse is an astrophysicist, and his research explores how super massive black holes evolve through time. Whether in the classroom, through social media, or on TV, he encourages conversations about how science and society intersect, and why science is relevant in our daily lives.