NASA Scientists Enjoying the Holiday Lights from Satellites

December 22, 2014 5:06 PM

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Yes! Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Yale University in Connecticut made use of the satellite imagery for tracking light patterns in 1200 cities over the course of 2½ years. They discovered that correlation of the increased lights happens perfectly with the holiday seasons for Ramadan in the Middle East and Christmas and New Year’s Eve all over the world.

“What’s happening during the holidays is our patterns are changing,” says Miguel Román, a physical scientist at NASA Goddard. In the West, we’re staying up late drinking eggnog and going home from work early. “Those changes in behavior are changes in the locations of demand for energy services.” Und...

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