A NASA Earth Observatory handout of a composite image of Asia and Australia at night, assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012

 
A NASA Earth Observatory handout of a composite image of Asia and Australia at night, assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012
A NASA handout released December 5, 2012 of a composite image of Asia and Australia at night, assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The image was made possible by the satellite's "day-night band" of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires and reflected moonlight. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Handout