Above and Beyond: Global Image of Earth at Night

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It took 22 days to create this clear satellite picture of Earth's nighttime illumination. 

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA

·       Daytime photo of lightning in Arizona courtesy of Wikipedia user ed ouimette
·       Photo of oil wells and flare in North Dakota courtesy of Tim Evanson
·       Photo of fracking equipment in North Dakota courtesy of Joshua Doubek
·       Photo of old and new San Francisco – Oakland Bay bridges courtesy of Frank Schulenburg
·       Sea creature illustration copyright The National Library of Israel, Shapell Family Digitization Project _and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Geography – Historic Cities Research Project
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier

Text, The Earth is strung with a dazzling web of light in this 2012 satellite image.
It took 22 days to create this clear picture of Earth's nighttime illumination.
The image reveals cities, fishing boats, wildfires, gas flares, and more.