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New High-Definition Earth Photo Released by NASA  

Beautiful photographs of heavenly bodies can be seen everyday here on Earth. But when the star is Earth itself and the photo is taken in ultra-high definition, now that’s a shot Annie Leibovitz would envy.

A stunning new image of our planet was taken by the Suomi NPP Earth-watching satellite, which is in orbit to monitor natural disasters, improve weather forecasts, and study long-term climate change. The photo, a composite of images taken at the beginning of January this year, is available for viewing at a remarkable 8,000 pixel resolution, about eight times greater than your average hi-def shots. It’s also reminiscent of the now-famous Blue Marble photograph taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972.

It appears that, like many of her inhabitants, the camera loves Mother Earth.