New NASA Satellite Photos Show America’s Oil Fields At Night

by Mark Perry

NASA has released some new photos and animations of the Earth at Night constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite – the Suomi NPP.  At the “Now It’s All This” blog, the top photo above from NASA is featured in a post titled “Bright Lights, No City.”  Amazingly, you can see the bright lights at night spread out all over the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota, eastern Montana and southern Saskatchewan.

The second photo shows Texas at night, and I’ve highlighted the major cities, along with the bright night lights spread across the oil fields in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas (the area between the two red lines).

Bonus: The bottom photo was taken from the “Earth at Night” video on the NASA website, and shows the dramatic difference at night between North and South Korea.

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