Watch Your City at Night from Space

Van Mensvoort
July 28th 2014

There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

The website Cities at Night collects images that astronauts have taken of Earth at night. It organizes them on a map, and draws them from a much larger resource: the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, a NASA-organized database of all photos taken by astronauts in space. The different typologies of cities are striking. Warp to the website or scroll down for examples.

New York

New York

Shanghai

Shanghai

Moscow

Moscow

London

London

Tokio

Tokio

Sydney

Sydney

Vancouver

Vancouver

NederBrussels

NederBrussels

Chicago

Chicago

Taiwan

Taiwan

Mumbai

Mumbai

Beijing

Beijing

Cape Town

Cape Town

Mexico City

Mexico City

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Berlin

Berlin

Istanbul

Istanbul

Dubai

Dubai

São Paulo

São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Cairo

Cairo

Bangkok

Bangkok

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Hawai

Hawai

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