Earth at Night

Fast-Moving Fire Sweeps Through Ventura County
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Fast-Moving Fire Sweeps Through Ventura County

Wildfires continue to menace Southern California.

Published Dec 8, 2017

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Night Lights of the Levant
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Night Lights of the Levant

Alternating clusters of light and darkness show where civilization has carved out a place alongside and amidst the deserts.

Published Dec 11, 2017

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Wildfire Lights Up Ventura
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Wildfire Lights Up Ventura

Powerful Santa Ana winds fueled the destructive blaze.

Published Dec 5, 2017

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Pinpointing Where Lights Went Out in Puerto Rico
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Pinpointing Where Lights Went Out in Puerto Rico

Satellite data on city lights could aid rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.

Published Sep 29, 2017

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Hurricane Irma Strengthens
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Hurricane Irma Strengthens

Growing to a category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma is among the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever observed.

Published Sep 5, 2017

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Franklin Storms Over Mexico
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Franklin Storms Over Mexico

The storm became the Atlantic Ocean basin’s first hurricane of 2017.

Published Aug 10, 2017

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Lights Out in Hatteras
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Lights Out in Hatteras

A power outage brought darkness to parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Published Jul 31, 2017

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Fires Light Up Mount Vesuvius
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Fires Light Up Mount Vesuvius

Several fires that burned around the volcano took a toll on the forests of Vesuvius National Park.

Published Jul 16, 2017

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Wildfires Light Up Portugal
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Wildfires Light Up Portugal

The blaze burned so brightly that its light was visible at night from space.

Published Jun 20, 2017

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The Glow of the Indus River Basin
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The Glow of the Indus River Basin

People have been farming the fertile flood plain for millennia.

Published Jun 22, 2017

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An Odd Symmetry: Argentina After Dark
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An Odd Symmetry: Argentina After Dark

Connect the dots and history emerges.

Published May 23, 2017

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Night Lights Change in the Middle East
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Night Lights Change in the Middle East

Changing patterns of nighttime lights are of great interest to demographers, engineers, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Published May 16, 2017

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Iceland at Night
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Iceland at Night

Nighttime lights how the Icelandic landscape influences where people live.

Published May 12, 2017

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The I-95 Corridor at Night
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The I-95 Corridor at Night

A nearly uninterrupted string of lights stretches from Philadelphia to Hartford.

Published May 1, 2017

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Night Light Maps Open Up New Applications
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Night Light Maps Open Up New Applications

By removing natural and stray light sources, researchers get a clearer picture of the human footprint on Earth.

Published Apr 13, 2017

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Earth at Night
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Earth at Night

Satellite images of Earth at night have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Published Apr 12, 2017

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Finding Fires Before They Rage
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Finding Fires Before They Rage

Scientists have found a way to detect nighttime fires even sooner, when they are still relatively small.

Published Apr 7, 2017

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Etna Erupts
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Etna Erupts

The volcano produced streams of lava in March 2017.

Published Mar 23, 2017

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Sky Aglow Over Antarctica
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Sky Aglow Over Antarctica

A satellite detected the visible light produced by electrically charged particles hitting the atmosphere—also known as the aurora australis.

Published Mar 21, 2017

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Nighttime Glow at Mount Etna
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Nighttime Glow at Mount Etna

Hot lava is visible at the summit of Sicily's Mount Etna during a recent bout of activity.

Published Mar 16, 2017

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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night
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Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night

Millennia of human development stand alongside mainland Europe’s only active volcano.

Published Mar 6, 2017

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Houston at Night
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Houston at Night

Astronauts on the Space Station had a glowing view of their professional home, as well as the site of Super Bowl 51.

Published Feb 4, 2017

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Lights in the Darkness
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Lights in the Darkness

A strong solar wind stream stirred up a display of northern lights over northern Canada.

Published Dec 25, 2016

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Snow Blankets Great Lakes Region
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Snow Blankets Great Lakes Region

A cold air mass brought more snow across the Upper Midwest.

Published Dec 15, 2016

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Power Outages Plague Southeast
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Power Outages Plague Southeast

Hurricane Matthew knocked out power for more than one million customers as it grazed the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Published Oct 9, 2016

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Puerto Rico Goes Dark
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Puerto Rico Goes Dark

A power plant fire left much of the island without electricity.

Published Sep 23, 2016

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Blue Cut Fire at Night
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Blue Cut Fire at Night

Landsat 8 captured a view in the dark with its Thermal Infrared Sensor.

Published Aug 19, 2016

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Rome at Night
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Rome at Night

The radial pattern of highways echoes the ancient saying that “all roads lead to Rome.”

Published Jul 28, 2016

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Paris at Night
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Paris at Night

Even in a sea of lights, certain landmarks stand out.

Published Jul 11, 2016

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Scientists Show Connection Between Gas Flaring and Arctic Pollution
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Scientists Show Connection Between Gas Flaring and Arctic Pollution

Waste natural gas from industrial oil and gas fields could be a source of nitrogen dioxide and black carbon pollution, according to new research.

Published Apr 27, 2016

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