NASA today released new global nighttime images of the Earth – including a detailed view of India and its surroundings that show how patterns of human settlement changed across the country between 2012 and 2016.
The new images compare the composite night-time view of India and its surrounding areas in 2016 with that of 2012. NASA said, the two images show how cities have grown and patterns of human settlements have changed across the country during those years.
Satellite images of Earth at night – often referred to as “night lights” – have been a source of curiosity for public and a tool for fundamental research for nearly 25 years. They provide a broad, beautiful view, showing how humans have shaped the planet.