VNP46A1 - VIIRS/NPP Daily Gridded Day Night Band 500m Linear Lat Lon Grid Night

Shortname: VNP46A1
Platform: Suomi-NPP
Instrument: VIIRS
Processing Level: Level-3
File Size (MB): ~ 40
Data Format: HDF5
Spatial Resolution: 15 arc-second
Temporal Resolution: daily
Spatial Coverage: Global
ArchiveSets: 5000, 5200
Collection: NPP VIIRS collection 1.0 (ArchiveSet 5000)
Production Frequency: 340 – 648 files per day
Dataset Originator/Creator: VIIRS Land Science Investigator-led Processing System (Land SIPS)
PGE Number: PGE554
File Naming Convention:


  • VNP46A1 = Short-name
  • AYYYYDDD = Acquisition Year and Day of Year
  • HHMM = Acquisition Hour and Minute
  • hXXvYY = Tile Identifier (horizontalXXverticalYY)
  • CCC = Collection Version
  • YYYYDDDHHMMSS = Production Date – Year, Day, Hour, Minute, Second
  • h5 = Data Format (HDF5)
Citation: Please cite the use of this data set in a publication as follows:

Román, M.O., Wang, Z., Sun, Q., Kalb, V., Miller, S.D., Molthan, A., Schultz, L., Bell, J., Stokes, E.C., Pandey, B. and Seto, K.C., et al. (2018). NASA's Black Marble nighttime lights product suite. Remote Sensing of Environment 210, 113-143. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.03.017.
Keywords: SNPP VIIRS, DNB, Nighttime Lights, at-Sensor TOA Nighttime Radiance