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Istanbul at Night

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The image below shows the most of Istanbul’s Asian suburbs (image right) which is appear from the International Space Station, but only about half the area of the city on the European side is visible. The margins of the metropolitan area are clearly visible at night, more so than in daylight images in daylight…(Read More)

London at Night

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The image below shows London and the southern half of Great Britain as it appeared on the night of March 27, 2012 which is from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. While most of the events in the 2012 Olympics will be held in the greater London area, several other cities and towns will…(Read More)

The Las Vegas metropolitan area is located near the southern tip of Nevada, within the Mohave Desert. Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) observe and photograph numerous metropolitan areas when they are illuminated by sunlight, but the extent and pattern of these areas is perhaps best revealed at night by city lights. The surrounding…(Read More)

Tokyo at Night

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Images of city lights at night taken by astronauts are among the most interesting visual reminders of how humans have transformed Earth’s surface. This nighttime photograph of Tokyo, Japan, was taken by International Space Station astronaut Dan Tani on February 5, 2008. The heart of the city is brightest, with ribbons of lights radiating…(Read More)

At night, Earth’s surface is covered with a delicate tracery of lights, particularly in regions that have a long history of urban development (such as Europe). Large urban areas are recognizable from orbit due to extensive electric lighting and distinct street patterns. With smaller urban areas spread across the land surface and coastlines, the…(Read More)

This astronaut photograph features two of China’s most populous cities—Beijing and Tianjin—both in the northeastern part of the country near the Bohai Gulf. The United Nations estimated the 2010 population of the Beijing metropolitan area to be approximately 12 million, with the population of Tianjin estimated at more than 7 million. The…(Read More)

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