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Google Maps shows night images of Earth

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Google announced the introduction of a new layer on Google Maps, known as ?Earth at Night?, which shows the planet Earth in night images.

According to the search engine, the new images available on the map service reveal a ?new global view? and display interesting details like the lights in cities.

?The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear picture of each portion of the Earth?s surface and islands,? published Google.

The images were taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, controlled by NASA, which is able to ?neutralize? the moon?s light and detect the planet?s lights in their smallest details, including fires, volcanic eruptions and buildings.