Anthropocene

Watch Your City at Night from Space

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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