Look at that--you can see Africa and Europe so clearly in this image. NASA's image of the day is awesome! As always!
This image was taken on July 6 from a place one million miles from Earth and it was one of the first taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which I introduced over here.
I'm not going to get used to so many images of a full sunlit side coming out with EPIC up and regularly functioning! The Blue Marble photo that we always see is beautiful, but it is a bit overused, considering we see it all the time. It'll be great to have more and more images of our planet to use to represent a part of what we are in the universe.
More details about what you can see in the image:
Central Europe is toward the top of the image with the Sahara Desert to the south, showing the Nile River flowing to the Mediterranean Sea through Egypt. The photographic-quality color image was generated by combining three separate images of the entire Earth taken a few minutes apart. The camera takes a series of 10 images using different narrowband filters -- from ultraviolet to near infrared -- to produce a variety of science products. The red, green and blue channel images are used in these Earth images.