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2003 Nighttime Lights of the World
Our posters are space agency approved reproductions of originals. Most are out of print or offered only as electronic downloads. They are printed on 10 mil photographic paper and should have a long life. As with any wall decor, keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid discoloration and fading.

The posters have the same high quality as all of our prints but we offer them at a special reduced price for classroom use and to stimulate interest in astronomy. .

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This previously released night lights poster by NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center shows lights from fires (red), city lights (white), boats & fishing activity (blue) and gas flares (yellow). Images are derived from data compiled from January 1 through December 31, 2003

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Maps have long been used to imagine events occurring on the ground from an airborne perspective. Satellites now record a similar view of actual events for scientists to study. The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) currently operates four satellites carrying the Operational Linescan System (OLS) in low-altitude polar orbits. Three of these satellites record nighttime data. The DMSP-OLS has a unique capability to detect low levels of visible-near infrared (VNIR) radiance at night. With the OLS "VIS" band data it is possible to detect clouds illuminated by moonlight, plus lights from cities, towns, industrial sites, gas flares, and ephemeral events such as fires and lightning-illuminated clouds. This Nighttime Lights of the World data set is compiled from the January - December 2003 DMSP nighttime data collected when moonlight was low. Using the OLS thermal infrared band, areas containing clouds were removed and the remaining area used in the time series.
Image Credit: NASA