The recently famous “Blue Marble” image of the Earth, has received over 3 million views since being posted online by NASA. It was taken from the VIIRS instrument mounted on NASA’s Suomi NPP Earth observing satellite.

Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012

"Blue Marble" image by NASA

This image is actually made up of several images. As you can see in the diagram below, several strips of the Earth were photographed. These were then stitched together to make the larger, high-detailed image.

Blue Marble 2012 - "How To"

How They Did It by NASA