“Earth at Night 2012″


We’ve all seen the famous “Earth at Night” composite image showing our planet at night and how much light there still is, sometimes in unexpected places.

Now Google has a new global view of Earth’s city lights that is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite.

With this version of the image, you can even zoom in to get a better (if not necessarily higher resolution ) and closer view.



  • mvcmendes

    Crazy difference between the Koreas.

  • Boo

    The difference between North and South Korea is pretty shocking.

  • http://twitter.com/SethPJohnson Seth Johnson

    What shocked me most was not the land — but the ocean. Look at the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and off of South America.

    • Boo

      Holy crap. I didn’t think there was so much of it.

      Another thing I didn’t expect that Canada, with about 35 million people has more light than all of Africa, which has about a billion more people.

  • http://twitter.com/bartreardon Bart Reardon

    What the hell is going on in Western Australia? I don’t recall there being a mass exodus from the east coast to the middle of the Gibson desert.

  • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    There are a lot of lights in Russia (kinda north of Kazakhstan) where there aren’t a lot of city names or roads. I wonder what’s going on up there.

    • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

      Ok, I just asked my Russian coworker. He said it’s all oil and gas rigs. There’s a huge pipeline that goes through Nizhnevartovsk and Khanty-Mansiysk.

      • http://twitter.com/billyrazzle Billy Razzle

        I feel that you’re just smashing random letters together.

        • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

          You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to type those correctly.

          • http://twitter.com/billyrazzle Billy Razzle

            Yes I would!