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New York City and East Coast City Lights

IMAGE: New York City and East Coast City Lights

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Bright city lights along the coastline and interior delineate the eastern coast of the United States in the darkness. Known as the "city that never sleeps," New York City with its population of 8,008,278 (2000) is the largest and brightest metropolitan area along the coast. The metropolitan area straddles the Hudson River and spreads eastward over western Long Island. The second largest city in this image taken by the astronauts of the International Space Station is Philadelphia. One of the most historic of U.S. cities, Philadelphia is the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

The crew of the International Space Station took this image from a vantage point well to the northwest with the camera pointed back towards New York City and the coast. The result is that the perspective is highly distorted but still recognizable. Low clouds have formed over the waters of the Atlantic and have settled into some of the valleys of the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest.

Astronaut photograph ISS006-E-18382 was taken with a Nikon D1 digital camera and is provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

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