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Earth at Night
Suomi NPP VIIRS;
Data: Miguel Román
Processing: Joshua Stevens
This is what the
Earth looks like at night.
Can you find your favorite
Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible.
Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or
populated areas of the Earth’s surface,
including the seaboards of
eastern United States, and
Many large cities are located near
oceans so that they can exchange goods cheaply by boat.
Particularly dark areas include the central parts of
The featured image, nicknamed
is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures
remade in 2016 from data taken by the orbiting
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Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman
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