Yesterday, NASA Earth Observatory released a new, high-resolution view of the Earth at night, dubbed the Black Marble. It was straightforward to turn the approximately 400 megabyte image file into a pyramid of image tiles and display it on an interactive, 3D, Cesium globe. Here’s the end result:

NASA Black Marble in Cesium

You’ll need a WebGL-capable browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to run Cesium. To see if your browser supports WebGL, visit WebGL Report.