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The Pandemic’s Story as Revealed in Lights

THE ATLANTIC recently published an interesting article about how the pandemic’s story revealed itself in outdoor lighting patterns.

THE ATLANTIC writes:

From a satellite’s perspective, Earth at night, under cloudless conditions, is, in normal times, a navy-blue marble with a dusting of gold. The electric sparks of human activity shimmer in the darkness: a bustling downtown, a well-traveled highway, a fleet of container ships in open water. But when the coronavirus swept across the globe, the glow of civilization shifted from city centers to residential areas. Entire stretches of road, once shiny like strands of tinsel from car headlights, vanished from the nighttime map. As entire populations and industries curtailed their usual movements, pixels of light on satellite images rearranged themselves accordingly—a new bright cluster here, a fresh spot of darkness there.

Check it out here. And check out NASA’s take on how nighttime satellite imagery reveals change in human activity here.

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