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Holiday Lights from Space

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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