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Earth's cities at night, as seen from the Space Station (PHOTOS)

June 24, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Witness the glowing glory of Earth at night, as seen from the International Space Station and orbiting satellites.

About 19 percent of all the electricity produced by earthlings goes toward lighting, according to the International Energy Agency. The result is one hell of an electric bill: $460 billion per year (in 2005). This image is a quilt of Defense Meteorological Satellite Program photos.22 Photos
(Photo: NASA/NASA/NOAA/etc.)

Looking down upon the face of the earth at night reveals an alien landscape of luminescence that is rarely seen by humans (at least those who aren't flying 200 miles above the planet). Explore the grandeur of civilization's nocturnal societies in these photos taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station and by U.S. satellites. (LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY.)

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