Milan, Italy at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 02/22/11)

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    The metropolitan area of Milan (or Milano) illuminates the Italian region of Lombardy in a pattern evocative of a patchwork quilt. The city of Milan forms a dense cluster of lights in this astronaut photograph, with brilliant white lights indicating the historic center of the city where the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) is located. Large dark regions to the south (image left) contain mostly agricultural fields. To the north, numerous smaller cities are interspersed with agricultural fields, giving way to forested areas as one approaches the Italian Alps (not shown). Low, patchy clouds diffuse the city lights, producing isolated regions that appear blurred. The Milan urban area is located within the Po Valley, a large plain bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the south and the Italian Alps to the north. Milan has the largest metropolitan area in Italy, and the fifth largest in the European Union. It is one of Europe’s major transportation, industrial, and commercial hubs, and is also a global center of fashion and culture. It is considered an “alpha” world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

    Image credit: NASA

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    1. Dr. Ilia 49 months ago | reply

      nicely framed
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    2. Temuulen.B 49 months ago | reply

      Very interesting...Have a Pyongyang night shot in space?

    3. Chris Devers 49 months ago | reply

      Very abstract :-)

    4. NOLA LONGBOARDS 49 months ago | reply

      like a fractal haha

    5. Western Maryland Photography 49 months ago | reply

      Awesome. Can I get a ride up to take some pictures too?

    6. Salvatore Lo Faro 49 months ago | reply

      Bellissima immagine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. Joel Bybee 49 months ago | reply

      Wonderful abstract image.

    8. pauline.kehoe 49 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture, stunning viewed large.

    9. martem@r 49 months ago | reply

      thanks for sharing!

    10. Suddenly R 49 months ago | reply

      ¡¡Sensacional!!

    11. verusk 48 months ago | reply

      my Italy love ^_^

    12. Trishie5 39 months ago | reply

      Eat you heart out Grizwold Family...Milan has you beat for the largest light display...lol

    13. Nicolo Conti 28 months ago | reply

      Have you got any Genoa's night pictures? :)

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