As introduuced in No.229: Night Earth 1, NASA released the first new night Earth map “Black Marble” in 5 years, and this is the Europe at night.

Unlike Asia Europe has no neon-glittering culture, but certain locations around northern Italy, Netherlands and Belgium are especially bright. Mega cities such as London, Paris and Madrid are luminous, as always.

Credit: NASA

The nighttime view of the Earth provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities. By studying Earth at night, researchers can investigate how and why cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate energy use and economic activity.

Reference: Night Light Maps Open Up New Applications
See earthview photo gallery with web-globe: LiVEARTH