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NASA photos: Cities at night

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.
NASA photos: Cities at night, London, England

Photo: NASA

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This nighttime view of the British capital captured Feb. 2, 2003, offers unique insight into the city’s urban density and infrastructure. Interpreting the brightest areas as the most populated, the population density drops off rapidly from the bright urban center until it reaches the Orbital roadway. Beyond lie isolated bright areas marking the numerous smaller cities and towns of the region and as far southeast as Hastings on the coast.