Lights of Earth HD


Stunning images of the world at night showcasing human settlements across the planet. The source of these images is the 2016 "Black Marble" map from NASA, which provides a detailed view of how we light up the planet during nighttime hours. The image reveals all urban centers, including cities and towns, zones of fishing boats, and fires, allowing us to observe these features in incredible detail.

To create this images, the data used was a global composite of nighttime observations made in 2016 using the Suomi NPP VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) satellite instrumentation. This data is publicly available and falls under public domain since April 2017. 

The images presented are focused on North America, Europe, Afroeurasia, and a world map.

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Disclaimer: While we advocate for humanity to finally turn off the unnecessary illumination for various reasons including climate change, with this graphic, we celebrate a time where humanity left its first visible marks from outside the planet.