A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012.
At 8000 x 8000 pixels (full size image here), this “Blue Marble” image of the earth is NASA’s highest resolution image to date. It was composited from several pictures taken from Suomi NPP, the newest earth-observing satellite.(NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)
The see the full length of this blue whale, scroll right. NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy seen edge-on at only about 30 million light-years away. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape led to its popular moniker of the Whale galaxy. The Whale's dark interstellar dust clouds and young bright blue star clusters highlight this panoramic color image.
A photo with perhaps the highest resolution of any image ever captured of Machu Picchu has been posted online. At 15.9 gigapixels, the image of the Inca citadel allows viewers to see the site in impressive detail. It actually consists of 1,920 pictures taken using a robotic camera mount, which were then stitched together. Photographer: Jeff Cremer. He believes his image is the highest resolution picture of the World Heritage site that has ever been taken.