Earth  ID: 556

Earth at Night

The influence humans have had on their planet can be seen from space. Viewing Earth at night, we see the lights of countless villages, towns, and cities. Fires from slash-and-burn farming and the burn-off of natural gas in oil fields appear in red and yellow. This perspective unveils the breadth of human activity on Earth. It spans the globe.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Christopher Elvidge (NOAA/NGDC): Scientist
Kimberly Baugh (NOAA/NGDC): Scientist
Marc Imhoff (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
1994/10 - 1995/03
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System
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This item is part of this series:
Images of Earth and Space

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DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> Night lights
NASA Science >> Earth