NASA Spots Christmas and Holiday Lights All the Way from Space (VIDEO)

December 17, 2014 4:56 PM

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Each year, holiday lights go up throughout the United States and the nights become just a bit brighter for it. But you don't just see these lights here on Earth; you can also see them from space. Now, NASA has released an image that the NOAA/NASA satellite snapped from orbit.

Around many U.S. cities, lights shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year's when compared to the rest of the year. A similar phenomenon can be seen around Middle Eastern cities during Ramadan.

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