These are the breathtaking photographs captured by NASA showing cities around the world from 240 miles above ground.
From Baltimore, Maryland to the shores of Tokyo, Japan, astronauts on the International Space Station have pictured the twinkling lights of urban sprawl.
The photographs, taken by Expedition 33 crew members as the space station orbits the Earth, show the mesmerizing light patterns of different metropolises.
Cities on the coast have the densest light by the water’s edge while cities with major new development like in Kuwait have a more grid-like pattern.
The biggest little city in the word: Reno, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, as seen from the International Space Station
By the sea: The city of Porto (left) and Vila Nova de Gaia (right) astride the Douro River on the northwestern coast of Portugal
Miles below: Crew on the space station…
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