US Cities Glow In NASA Images Of US Holiday Displays [PHOTOS]

December 18, 2014 4:34 PM

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US Cities Glow In NASA Images Of US Holiday Displays [PHOTOS]

The glow of millions of U.S. homes will guide – or possibly blind – Santa and his reindeer this winter as they make their rounds from one brightly-decorated house to the next. Images released this week by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration show the magnitude of holiday light displays across the country as seen from space. Scientists found that nighttime lights around major U.S. cities shone between 20 and 50 percent brighter around Christmas, a surge that is as magnificent as it is wasteful.

The difference is most pronounced in suburbs and small towns where residents have bigger yards and bigger homes to work with, NASA scientists noted. "Overall, we see less light increases in the dense urban centers” compared to more rural ones, Eleanor Stokes a NASA fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Yale...

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