After building my new PC, I went back and tuned up my previous earth model. Fully volumetric clouds and atmosphere with light refraction, scattering, and absorption. 8k Moon and HDRi maps. tweaked the Micro displacement to a much higher resolution. Image was rendered at 400% 1920x1080, 500 samples on full global illumination and no denoising. Render took approximately 1hr.
This your first project keep it up…
This is an elegant and beautiful piece of work. Well done
However, the contrast between the daylit half of the Earth and the city lights seems too low.