Holiday lights present the perfect backdrop for a great family and seasonal photos, but what you might not know is that holiday lights around the world add a glow that’s visible from space. By examining the daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, NASA scientists can see that patterns of nighttime light intensity increase during the holidays. These holidays extend beyond Christmas and New Year’s in the United States to include the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.
Brightening Global cities
In the outskirts of cities, and in the suburbs of the U.S. during December, nighttime lights shine 30-50% brighter than the rest of the year. In major cities of the U.S., nighttime light is 20-50% brighter during Christmas and the New Year. During Ramadan in some Middle Eastern cities, the nighttime light shines over 50% brighter than the rest of the year. All of this increased nighttime brightness is visible via satellite and shows that during certain times of the year, different parts of the world have an undeniable holiday glow.
Enjoying the glow
While viewing satellite images give a new perspective on the holiday glow, you don’t have to orbit the Earth to be able to see the beauty of the lights. Whether you use a lighted tree as a background for holiday pictures, drive around the neighborhood admiring the lights or stroll the city streets amid the festive glow, holiday lights have a way of brightening the human spirit around the world.
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