Earth at Night

Shale Revolution: As Clear as Night and Day
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Shale Revolution: As Clear as Night and Day

The Eagle Ford Shale is one of several gas and oil plays in North America that has taken on new life due to horizontal drilling technology and fracking.

Published Mar 23, 2016

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Aurora Colors Skies Over Northern Europe
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Aurora Colors Skies Over Northern Europe

A sensor on the Suomi NPP satellite designed to detect faint light observed the aurora over northern Europe.

Published Mar 9, 2016

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Haifa By Day and By Night
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Haifa By Day and By Night

Astronauts are taught to concentrate on the shapes of coastlines for a visual cue about where they are when circling the planet. The nose of Cape Karmel and the bay that protects Haifa are shapes that stand out.

Published Mar 7, 2016

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London at Night
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London at Night

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station take special care to acquire crisp night shots.

Published Feb 22, 2016

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Elba and the Mediterranean at Night
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Elba and the Mediterranean at Night

The reflection of the Moon on the sea surface reveals highly complex patterns on the sea surface.

Published Feb 8, 2016

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A Blizzard by Moonlight
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A Blizzard by Moonlight

The Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of a major storm system as it started dumping heavy snow on the eastern United States.

Published Jan 24, 2016

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Remnants of Patricia Drench Texas and Louisiana
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Remnants of Patricia Drench Texas and Louisiana

Remnants of Hurricane Patricia dropped heavy rains in Texas and Louisiana.

Published Oct 26, 2015

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India-Pakistan Border at Night
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India-Pakistan Border at Night

This photograph shows one of the few places on Earth where an international boundary can be seen at night.

Published Oct 5, 2015

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Fires at Night in the U.S. Northwest
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Fires at Night in the U.S. Northwest

Fires burn night and day across Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Published Aug 22, 2015

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Mid-Summer Auroras
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Mid-Summer Auroras

Solar storms smacked into Earth’s magnetic field and provoked auroras over the southern and northern hemisphere just after the summer solstice.

Published Jun 28, 2015

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Night-Shining Clouds
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Night-Shining Clouds

High-altitude clouds appeared as far south as the continental United States in early June 2015.

Published Jun 19, 2015

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Just Another Night Over Java
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Just Another Night Over Java

This astronaut photograph includes lights from several sources: cities, roads, fishing boats, gas flares, lightning, and even glowing air.

Published May 30, 2015

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Scandinavia at Night
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Scandinavia at Night

City lights trace the coastlines, while moonlight illuminates the snow and clouds.

Published May 11, 2015

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Power Outages Plague Nepal
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Power Outages Plague Nepal

Darkness descended on much of Nepal after a powerful earthquake rattled the country’s already stressed electrical grid.

Published May 2, 2015

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Cairo at Night
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Cairo at Night

Home to one-fifth of Egypt’s population, it is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa’s second largest.

Published Apr 6, 2015

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Looking Down and Up at the Aurora
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Looking Down and Up at the Aurora

On Saint Patrick’s Day, the Suomi NPP satellite acquired a view of the aurora from above while citizen scientists were busily collecting shots from below.

Published Mar 29, 2015

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Texas and the Gulf at Night
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Texas and the Gulf at Night

Cities, moonlight, and fossil-fuel industries frame the Gulf of Mexico with light.

Published Mar 23, 2015

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Eastern Canada, Day and Night
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Eastern Canada, Day and Night

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took these midwinter panoramas of the St. Lawrence River and surrounding cities.

Published Feb 16, 2015

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India by Night and Day
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India by Night and Day

Two photos, taken 48 years apart, provide contrasting views of southern Asia.

Published Jan 26, 2015

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The Electric Eye of Cyclone Bansi
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The Electric Eye of Cyclone Bansi

Lightning illuminated the center of the storm as the space station flew over at night.

Published Jan 25, 2015

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The Lights of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
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The Lights of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

According to satellite data, nighttime lights in some Middle Eastern cities shine more than 50 percent brighter during Ramadan than during the rest of the year.

Published Jan 1, 2015

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Bursting with Holiday Energy
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Bursting with Holiday Energy

Satellites detect increases in lighting around the holidays, particularly in suburbs and rural areas. While the trend says interesting things about culture, it also tells us something important about energy use.

Published Dec 25, 2014

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Even from Space, Holidays Shine Brightly
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Even from Space, Holidays Shine Brightly

Satellite data reveals increases in December holiday lighting in the United States, mostly in the suburbs.

Published Dec 17, 2014

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Holiday Lights in the US Southeast
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Holiday Lights in the US Southeast

Satellite sensors detect increases in December holiday lighting in the United States, particularly in the suburbs and rural areas.

Published Dec 16, 2014

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Holiday Lights of the American Southwest
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Holiday Lights of the American Southwest

Satellite sensors detect increases in December holiday lighting in the United States, particularly in the suburbs and rural areas.

Published Dec 16, 2014

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Holiday Lights are Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Holiday Lights are Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas

Satellite sensors detect increases in December holiday lighting in the United States, particularly in the suburbs and rural areas.

Published Dec 16, 2014

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Florida at Night
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Florida at Night

The peninsula is highly recognizable even at night, especially when looking north, as our map-trained brains expect.

Published Nov 17, 2014

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The Many Colors of Electric Lights
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The Many Colors of Electric Lights

Distinct colors mark the communities and commerce along the Tsushima Strait, between Japan and South Korea.

Published Oct 19, 2014

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The Koreas at Night
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The Koreas at Night

Night lights illustrate dramatically the relative economic activity of cities and countries.

Published Feb 24, 2014

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Gas Flaring in Iraq
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Gas Flaring in Iraq

An astronaut snapped this image of lines of gas flares at an oilfield in southern Iraq at night.

Published Feb 22, 2014

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