Google Earth now does night by NASA

Look at the world at night with Google Earth.

Google Earth users now have a really neat layer to play with, straight from the folks at NASA. It comes in the form of new astronaut photography, satellite imagery, and a mode called "Earth City Lights," which shows the entire globe at night. The real standout, however, is the selection of shots from space. Many of these were taken at interesting times on the Earth's landscape like volcanic eruptions, massive forest fires, dust storms, or the unusually thick ice on Lake Michigan during the winter of 2003. Each shot can be blown up and comes with a handy explanation of what makes it special.

If you've got Google Earth installed, you'll find the new layer under "featured content."

[via Google Lat Long Blog]

With Google Earth's new NASA layers, you can take a look at photos taken from space during world events. CNET Networks / NASA.gov / Google
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