A Whole New Look At Night

Dubbed “Black Marble”, the collection of images you are looking at were taken by the Suomi satellite, a project of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The bright lights in the image are actually captures of human activity during the night. The satellite took a series of pictures while adjusting the exposure to limit the lighting. As a result, the brighter pixels are not overly saturated while the dimmer pixels are nowhere to be seen.

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City Lights of the United States
Source: NASA

Scientists will use these images to study patterns in human activity while light pollution experts will determine the locations that are the least power-smart.

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City Lights Illuminate the Nile River
Source: NASA

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A Look At Earth At Night
Source: NASA

For more photos in high quality, visit NASA’S Flickr Page

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