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Whether seen at night or during the day, the capital city of Brazil is unmistakable from orbit. Brasília is located on a plateau in the west-central part of the country, and is widely considered to be one of the best examples of 20th century urban planning in the world. One of its most…(Read More)

Qatar at Night

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Night lights can reveal a lot about the distribution of people on the landscape, or “human geography.” In this astronaut photograph from the International Space Station (ISS), the lights of Qatar show informative demographic detail that is very difficult to discern in daylight images—especially in deserts, where even large cities can be hard to…(Read More)

Kuwait City contrasts dramatically with the dark surface of the Persian Gulf and the sparsely populated desert. Night views also show some aspects of urban geography that are difficult to perceive in daylight images. Here the focus of radial traffic arteries and “ring roads” guide the eye toward the financial center of Kuwait’s capital…(Read More)

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)

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