Learning from Las Vegas

Via National Geographic, photograph by NASA

Photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the bright lights of Las Vegas and the surrounding metropolitan area create a blotch of color in the otherwise inky blackness of Nevada’s Mojave Desert. The shot was taken November 30.

The Las Vegas Strip is reputed to be the brightest nighttime spot on Earth, due to the concentration of light from hotels and casinos, according to NASA.

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