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NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space

It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings.



Jefferson Beck (USRA): Lead Producer
John Caldwell (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Lead Videographer
Rob Andreoli (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Videographer
Holly Zell (Vantage Systems, Inc.): Support
Miguel Román (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Suomi NPP/VIIRS also referred to as: VIIRS
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