Anyone looking at earth from space can see various details of human existence. For example, they can witness the irrigated crop fields, reservoirs, roads, railways, ports, coastline seawalls, etc. Another thing that can be easily spotted is the large cities on the planet. These may not be that conspicuous during the day. But at night, these cities provide for a splendid view with their thousands of lights. When viewed from space at night, these cities come across as bright specs of light.
It makes us wonder which city appears the brightest at night when viewed from space. To answer the question, here’s a quick look at some of brightest cities from space.
US cities – United States has the largest number of bright spots visible from space. Some of the brightest US cities from space include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
Latin America – Moving south from US, one of the brightest spots from space is Mexico City. Areas neighboring Mexico City also appear as bright spots from space. In the Caribbean, some of the brightest cities are Havana, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Trinidad and Tobago. In South America, the brightest cities include Lima, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago.
Africa and Middle East – There are quite a few bright spots in this region. It includes Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Algiers, Tripoli, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Medina, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Kuwait City, Basra, Baghdad and Tehran.
Europe – This region has numerous bright cities in a relatively lesser surface area. When viewed from space European cities create a vibrant cluster of bright spots. Some of the brightest cities in Europe are Istanbul, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Prague, Budapest, Berlin and Milan. Brightest and largest cities in Europe are Paris and London. In Russia’s European region, the brightest city is Moscow.
Asia – Some of the brightest cities in Asia include Lahore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Colombo, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, and Manila. Other brightest cities in Asia include Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.
In terms of which city is the brightest from space, the question will be difficult to answer. Currently, there is no specific equipment that can accurately measure the brightness of cities at night time. Even making such equipment won’t solve all problems, as brightness can be impacted by variables like moisture, cloud, dust, etc. But one thing is certain that folks who have seen the earth at night from space are truly blessed and lucky.