Since 2003 astronauts have been snapping up photographs of our beautiful planet from the International Space Station. All of these photographs have been archived together into a resource called The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. It’s through the utilization of this resource, as well as a database compiled by Spanish Astrophysicists that a little project called Cities at Night exists.
Cities at Night is a project that scours through the aforementioned archives, pulling out nighttime close-ups of cities from around the world, plotting them on a map. From New York to Beijing, a plethora of cities have been captured, showing the veins of streets and glow of lights sticking out like a firefly to the astronauts circumnavigating the Earth.