The European "Meteosat" meteorological satellite gives the current view from an altitude of 36,000 km. Meteosat shows cloud images in the visible and infrared ranges with images automatically updated every 15 minutes.
This is approximately what would be visible to the human eye from above the earth, and the satellite images on the visible channel are therefore available only during the day.
This uses the thermal radiation of the earth and clouds to show cloud developments at night-time as well. Cold, high clouds thus appear bright while warm, lower clouds or warm surfaces appear dark.