Ever wonder how the continents look at night from space? Well, these stunning satellite images show just how we use light and energy on this planet. In this image of the U.S. from space, it highlights “the staggering light pollution, especially on the east coast, in Houston, Texas, and San Francisco and Los Angeles on the west coast.” Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Each year London consumes 150 thousand gigawatt hours of energy, equal to the consumption of nations such as Portugal and Greece. Campaigners have warned that 50 per cent of the UK’s population cannot see many stars because the night skies are ‘saturated’ with light pollution. The pictures created by scientist Felix Pharand-Deschines using data gathered by satellites highlight the contrast between the first and third world. They show Egypt’s densely populated River Nile as it scorches a path through the darkness of Northern Africa while Japan is wall-to-wall light. America shines brightly, but south of its border the countries are almost lightless and in central Asia, India and Australia barely any light is registered.

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