City lights
Image ID : EIC_NLB054
Width3,600 pixels
Height3,600 pixels
300 dpi print width12.0 inches30.5 centimetres
300 dpi print height12.0 inches30.5 centimetres
This image is available for licensing. Higher resolutions are available on request.

This globe has been rendered using both the Planetary Visions Satellite Imagemap, and a global texture map showing the Earth at night. The Satellite Imagemap is a highly realistic texture map of the Earth's entire surface. Derived from thousands of Earth-observation satellite images, the Satellite Imagemap represents an accurate and detailed portrait of our world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The nighttime texturemap was created by Planetary Visions using data from military weather satellites, which provide a view of the Earth's surface at night. Light sources such as streetlamps in urban areas, gas flares in oilfields, bushfires and even the lights of fishing vessels can be identified.

This image is one of many on the Earth Images Collection CD, which has been specially developed for licensed use in print and multimedia publications.
Credit : Planetary Visions Limited.