Naples at Night

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Crew aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion took this pho­to­graph of the city lights of Naples and the Cam­pa­nia re­gion of south­ern Italy. The Naples re­gion is one of the bright­est in the coun­try; roughly three mil­lion peo­ple live in and around this metropoli­tan area.

The dif­fer­ent colours of lights in the scene re­flect some of the his­tory of de­vel­op­ment in the area. The green lights are mer­cury vapour bulbs, an older va­ri­ety that has been re­placed in newer de­vel­op­ments by or­ange sodium bulbs (yel­lowor­ange). To the north­east, the light­less gaps be­tween the homes and busi­nesses are agri­cul­tural fields. The bright yel­low-or­ange com­plex amidst the fields is the CIS em­po­rium, the largest com­mer­cial re­tail fa­cil­ity in Eu­rope. The large black cir­cu­lar area in the photo is Mount Ve­su­vius, the only ac­tive vol­cano on Eu­rope’s main­land.

PHOTO: NASA

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