Earth at Night

The earth at night as seen by satellites. The image is actually a composite made by gluing lots of images together. Interesting the way light patterns map not just to population densities but to parts of the world with money, i.e. Africa doesn’t lack population — it lacks the resources to make its cities visible from space at night. Be sure to click through for the high-res version.

Music: T.Rex :: Woodland Bop

3 Replies to “Earth at Night”

  1. Saw this a few years ago. What struck me then, and even more so now, is that scary line between North and South Korea. Man, South Korea looks like a Christmas tree, and I think North Korea spent their light bulb allowance on plutonium.

  2. That was one of the first things I noticed, as well–N. and S. Korea. Also the rich/poor relationship. I put this as the desktop photo on my PC at work a few weeks ago to ponder over. Amazing photo.

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