So popular was NASA’s release of the “Blue Marble” image of the western hemisphere, it constructed an equally (more?) stunning version of the reverse side. Now behold the eastern hemisphere of our amazing planet.

Blue marble image of the eastern hemisphere taken on January 23, 2012 by the Suomi NPP satellite Visible Infrared Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). See big. (NASA/NOAA)

Like the western hemisphere image, the shot of the eastern hemisphere was developed by stitching together imagery from the Suomi NPP satellite. NASA explains the process:

NASA scientist Norman Kuring managed to ‘step back’ from Earth to get the big picture by combining data from six different orbits of the Suomi NPP satellite. Or putting it a different way, the satellite flew above this area of Earth six times over an eight hour time period. Norman took those six sets of data and combined them into one image.

NASA provides additional information on the development of its “Blue Marble” imagery on its Flickr page.