5 Incredible Wallpapers of Earth at Night from a NASA Satellite

Dec 11, 2012 - 3 Comments

NASA image of USA at night

Wallpaper time! But first, some backstory: NASA and NOAA joined up last year to launch the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, and other than delivering tons of interesting scientific details of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface, that satellite has provided some incredible imagery of our little blue dot at night. That aforementioned imagery makes for some stunning wallpapers, and the resolutions provided are gigantic sizes at up to 8192 x 8192 pixels for squared images, and a whopping 12150 x 6075 pixels for the rectangular images, meaning you won’t have any trouble finding wallpaper with freakishly high resolution goodness. That means whether you have an iPad or MacBook Pro with a retina display, a 27″ iMac, or just an iPhone or normal PC, you’ll be able to spruce up the desktop and home screens with these amazing images.

There are flat views available of the planet and USA (the eastern half of the USA looks like some crazy incarnation of The Grid from TRON), and globe views available for everywhere on the planet, including the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, and Africa. Click on any of the links below to jump to NASA’s Flickr page so you can grab the high-resolution versions.

USA at night
USA at night nasa wallpaper

Earth at night
Earth at night, NASA wallpaper

Europe, Africa, and the Middle East at night, globe view
Earth at night, Europe, Africa, Mid East, NASA wallpaper

Asia and Australia at night, globe view
Earth at night, Asia, NASA wallpaper

The Americas at night, globe view
Earth at night, Americas

NASA imagery always makes for some fantastic wallpaper, if you’re looking for something more colorful than Earth at night, check out the recent shot of aerosols on the planet, or check out our past wallpaper posts for a huge variety.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize


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  1. Robbertvdd says:

    Some interesting things you can see on these pictures:
    – The Netherlands and Belgium are really crowded.
    – What’s happening in the northern part of Italy? Are the Alps on fire?
    – In Egypt everyone lives in the Nile area.

  2. Scotty says:

    Interesting to see the bushfires in northwest Australia. There are no cities up that way so the lights must be from the fires.

    • Sam says:

      They’re not real to me. Nothing in that part of Australia. Same goes for India.Delhi, Bombay and other big cities have no lights while mountains are full of lights.

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