This is possibly a useful indicator of where development is occurring. The North Slope of Alaska, Pretoria-area South Africa, Nigeria and Gabon/Congo, Lanzhou-area China, and Puerto Rico really pop to name a few. Also there's an interesting line from around Caracas to Medellin Cali Bogota Colombia and then along west side of Andes to Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador.

"Earth at Night":

Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.





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7 Comments so far

  1. Roger on December 7, 2012 2:41 pm

    Has NASA photo shopped this pic? Take a look at Western Australia,all those lights in what is barren dessert? I don’t think so.

  2. Pitt on December 7, 2012 4:29 pm

    My guess would be mining operations using heavy lighting at night in Western Australia. Iron ore, etc.

  3. Roger on December 8, 2012 1:54 am

    The answer as explained by NASA Fires and other lighting could have been detected on any one day and integrated into the composite picture even though they were temporary. That seems to be the case in central and western Australia, where many lights appear in this map. Different areas burned with wildfire at different times that the satellite passed over, giving the impression (in the composite view) that the entire area was lit up at once.

  4. Rich on December 8, 2012 7:47 pm

    The pic is a composit over many days(nights) the western Austrailian lights are from wild fires, Quite natural this time of year.

  5. tom on December 8, 2012 9:00 pm

    Perhaps the root of the illumination riddle is less industrial and more celestial: aurora australis, the southern lights.

  6. Stanley Rowen on December 9, 2012 8:24 am

    Let’s also recall that the image of India was announced in captions to have been taken on the night of the Diwali festival, when lights, bonfires, candles, etc., are burning like crazy, unlike the rest of the year.

  7. Stefan Martinek on December 10, 2012 4:40 pm

    And I was thinking to spend some time in New Zealand …


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