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What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?

Looking at the Earth from orbit is fascinating, especially at night. That’s when you can measure the ways that human civilization covers the planet, and discover how national boundaries affect the electrical grid.

North Korea at night

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The only visible place is Pyongyang, the capital city. Its light emission is equivalent to the smaller town in South Korea.

What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?

According to NASA Earth Observatory:

Coastlines are often very apparent in night imagery, as shown by South Korea’s eastern shoreline. But the coast of North Korea is difficult to detect. These differences are illustrated in per capita power consumption in the two countries, with South Korea at 10,162 kilowatt hours and North Korea at 739 kilowatt hours.

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City lights along the French-Italy border, photographed by a crew member of Expedition 23 on the International Space Station, on April 28, 2010

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Parts of Europe (with the “boot” of Italy in the middle) and Africa shot by one of the Expedition 25 crew members aboard the International Space Station flying 220 miles above Earth on October 28, 2010.

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Montreal, Canada, by an Expedition 26 crew member on December 24, 2010

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Brasília, the capital city of Brazil, planned by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956. Photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station, January 8, 2011

What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?(via NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

Aurora australis over Indian Ocean, photographed by one of the Expedition 29 crew members from the International Space Station, September 17, 2011

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The cloudy Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area, photographed by a crew member of the Expedition 30, on February 2, 2012

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The faint gold line of airglow — caused by ultraviolet radiation exciting the gas molecules in the upper atmosphere — parallels the horizon or Earth limb. Minor auroral activity (Borealis) is visible in upper right.

(via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, photo taken by an Expedition 30 crew member on ISS, February 22, 2012

What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?(via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Moscow, Russia from the International Space Station, on March 28, 2012

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Wildfires near El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico, photo taken by a crew member of Expedition 31 aboard the ISS, while a Russian spacecraft is docked to the station, June 2, 2012

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U.S. lights at night, a composite image assembled by data acquired from the Suomi NPP satellite in 2012

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Qatar, taken by an astronaut aboard the ISS on October 13, 2012

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Dallas at Night, photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member on the ISS, November 15, 2012

What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?

Most metropolitan areas of the western United States are configured over large areas with a regular street grid pattern that is highly recognizable from space, particularly at night. The northern Dallas metropolitan area exhibits this pattern. The north-south and east-west grid pattern of major surface streets is highlighted by orange street lighting, lending a fishnet-like appearance to the urban area. Within this framework, smaller residential and commercial buildings and streets give green-gray stipple patterns to some blocks. The airplane terminals of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are lit with golden-yellow lights, and surrounded by relatively dark runways and fields at left. Likewise, the runways of Dallas Love Field at lower center are recognizable by their darkness. Other dark areas within the metro region are open space, parks, and water bodies.

(via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Berlin at night, 23 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The divide is still visible from space due to different types of lightbulbs.

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View of the Nile River Valley, the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean Sea, October 2012

What do these nighttime satellite photos reveal about civilization?(via NASA Earth Observatory/Suomi NPP)

Nighttime view of the aurora australis, also known as “southern lights”, over Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land and the Princess Ragnhild Coast, July 2012, captured by the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) on the Suomi NPP satellite

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The Earth at night, a composite image assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in 2012

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The Mediterranean Sea

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The Indus River, home of the Harappan Civilization (also known as the Indus Valley Civilization), the largest human habitations of the ancient world. They developed new techniques in metallurgy and handicraft, and their Bronze Age cities are famous for their urban planning. (water supply systems, drainage systems and baked brick houses)

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Australia and New Zealand

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South America

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Africa

(via NASA Earth Observatory)

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Spectacular Images of Dazzling Star Trails in the Night Sky

Singapore-based photographer Justin Ng captures absolutely breathtaking photos of the night sky, including these dazzling composite images of star trails curving over various landscapes. Star trail images show the apparent motion of the stars across the sky due to the rotation of the Earth. Ng’s images, which are enhanced in Photoshop, are particularly unique because of the unusual colors and distinct spiral formation of some of the star trails, resulting in one-of-a-kind images that showcase the incredible beauty of the night sky.According to Ng, pursuing astrophotography in Singapore is challenging because of the heavy light pollution from city lights. The self-taught photographer, who only started shooting in 2010, relies on digitally stacking individual photographs to create his otherworldly composite images. While Ng’s method for circumventing light pollution results in striking and artistic images, the photographer says, “I hope everyone can do their part to stop light pollution so we can preserve our dark sky for future generations.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breathtaking Aerial Photos of New York City at Night From 7,500 Feet

Photographer Vincent Laforet recently soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper over a literally breathtaking height, the photographer says his experience was “both exhilarating and terrifying” and “the scariest. . . and the most beautiful” flight of his career.

The photography series is titled Gotham 7.5K, and were shot on assignment for Men’s Health Magazine for an article about psychology. We really love the result..

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Image credits: Vincent Laforet

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Homeless Guy Manages To Get A Bed Each Night By Picking Up Girls

If you were homeless, could you still pick up chicks?

Meet Joe, the homeless Millennial who has mastered the art of getting women to take him home with them.

Originally from Boston, Joe, 26, may spend his daylight hours panhandling in Manhattan – making up to $150 on a given day – but his nights are a completely different ballgame.

If you don’t think Joe looks homeless, well, that’s only because he’s good at what he does. According to Joe, his only responsibility is to not look homeless. In his mind, his appearance is a survival tactic.

Joe spends whatever money he makes on keeping his appearance up, in addition to copious amounts of drugs and booze, with one goal in mind: attract as many girls as possible.

For Joe, sleeping with a lady is his only chance at sleeping with a roof over his head. Joe uses his charm and good looks to sleep out with chicks three to four nights a week, where he’ll shower and enjoy an evening away from the streets.

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‘The World at Night’ Reveals Beauties of Earth and Sky

Feast your eyes on the winners of the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, presented by The World at Night.
Selected from images taken in 55 countries (during 2013-14), the winners of the 5th Earth & Sky Photo Contest highlight the beauties of night sky and its battle with light pollution.

 Winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"1. “The World at Night” pays tribute to the world’s best combinations of landscapes and skyscapes in its International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. More than 1,000 entries were received for the 2014 competition, and judges selected the top entries in two categories. “Over the Top” by Luc Perrot shows the central bulge of the Milky Way rising over a volcano on Reunion Island. It’s the first-place winner in the “Beauty of the Night Sky” category.

 winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"2. The zodiacal light shines in this view of the evening sky, looking west from northern Oregon’s Hug Point over the Pacific Ocean. “False Dusk and Falls at Oregon Coast,” by Ben Coffman, won second place in the “Beauty of the Night Sky” category.

winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"3.The Big Dipper is framed by rays of light in the skies above Cibiana Pass in northern Italy’s Dolomite Alps. Giorgia Hofer’s photo, titled “Light in the Sky,” won first place in the “Against the Lights” category and was judged the top image in the 2014 Earth and Sky Photo Contest.

 winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"4. On a moonlit night, the northern lights shimmer over the fishing village of Reine in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. “Reflected Aurora,” by Alex Conu, won second place in the “Against the Lights” category.

winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"5. The northern lights provide a backdrop for Iceland’s Kirkjufellsfoss (“Church Mountain Falls”). “Kirkjufell Nights,” by Nicholas Roemmelt, is the third-place winner in the “Beauty of the Night” category.

Winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"The starry winter sky over Maranjab Salt Lake, near Kashan in Iran, blends into the glow of three cities on the horizon. “Unlimited Sky,” by Majid Ghohroodi, won third place in the “Against the Lights” category.

winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"7. Stargazers look up from the Egyptian desert near Fayoum, about 60 miles south of Cairo, in a photo titled “Little Explorer.” Ibrahim Elawadi’s photo won fourth place in the “Beauty of the Night Sky” category.

 winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"8. The city lights of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, look hazy in the fog – but the stars of the Milky Way twinkle brightly in Mark Gee’s prize-winning photo, titled “Fog Below and the Stars Above.” It’s the fourth-place winner in the “Against the Lights” category.

 Winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"9. A long-exposure photo sequence captures star trails stretching over the sacred Taishan, or Mount Tai, in China’s Shandong province. The ribbon of white-blue light below comes from the flashlights carried by thousands of people who were climbing the mountain trail to see the sunrise from the peak. “Heavenly Street,” by Song Hongxiao, won fifth place in the “Against the Lights” category.

 winners of the photo contest "Earth and Sky"10. A long-exposure photo sequence captures star trails stretching over the sacred Taishan, or Mount Tai, in China’s Shandong province. The ribbon of white-blue light below comes from the flashlights carried by thousands of people who were climbing the mountain trail to see the sunrise from the peak. “Heavenly Street,” by Song Hongxiao, won fifth place in the “Against the Lights” category.