20 Sparkling Images of the World’s Cities as Seen from Space

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Image: NASA
Iberian Peninsula – Spain and Portugal

Spain, Portugal and most of the Iberian Peninsula appear in this astonishing photograph. In the lower left corner, Morocco borders the lightless Strait of Gibraltar. The thin, greenish looking band on the horizon is made up of gas molecules in the higher reaches of the atmosphere. And the bright light on the left that looks like a UFO is described as “a blur of the moon.”

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Image: NASA
New Orleans, US

Spread along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain is the city of New Orleans. In its midst, the main channel of the Mississippi River cuts through the lights like a black snake. It’s amazing to think that this detailed photo was taken from 220 miles (354 kilometers) above the Earth. Nikon makes the special cameras that are used on the International Space Station and, in fact, created one of the first digital cameras specifically for NASA.

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