08 Mar '12, 11pm

City Lights of Dubai, United Arab Emirates [image] #NASA

City Lights of Dubai, United Arab Emirates [image] #NASA

The city of Dubai—the largest metropolitan area within the emirate of Dubai—is a favorite subject of astronaut photography largely due to the unique island developments situated directly offshore in the Persian Gulf. These artificial archipelagos have been built such that their full design is only visible from the vantage point of an airplane—or an orbiting spacecraft such as the International Space Station (ISS). Advancements in handheld camera technology and capabilities are also improving the ISS crew’s ability to capture detailed night time imagery; compare the image above with this image of the city of Dubai taken on September 11, 2009. The eye-catching appearance of the city at night displays the urban development pattern. In this image—taken with a long focal-length lens and digital camera optimized for fast response and high light sensitivity—several interesting pa...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=77360&s...

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