Earth at Night: It’s the end of the night as you know it; you’ll see fine.
By removing natural and stray light sources, researchers have provided a clearer picture of the human footprint on Earth and opened up new opportunities in disaster response, demographics, and applied research.
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The night is nowhere near as dark as most of us think. In fact, the Earth is never really dark; it twinkles with lights from humans and nature.
Scientists are using images of Earth’s dark side to gain insight on human activity and poorly understood natural events.