Highest definition photo of earth ever made. The image is posted on NASA's Flickr stream in a variety of sizes, the largest being 8000 X 8000 pixels. You can zoom in on it to reveal incredible detail. I was asked by someone for my opinion on what sort of lens was used to obtain this odd perspective of the globe, it seems to be a very wide angle view, almost fish eyed perspective. Then we noticed the description of the photo provided by NASA...it is a composite image made from several swaths(?). I would love to see the NASA version of Photoshop that created this picture. And it would be interesting to see all of the exif data, but nothing is provided on the Flickr stream.
NASA description of the image...
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. The NPP satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.
Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.
NASA on Flickr