Today, NASA’s image of the day features a beautiful inclined aerial photo of Montreal and environs taken at night from the International Space Station. While aerial photos are widespread and now fail to amaze as they once did, it is still rare to see one taken at night. With a night photo, some details of how we inhabit the city and its surroundings can be seen which aren’t so obvious in similar daytime photos. We can see such things as how different types of lighting are used depending on the type of street; main roads and highways are lit by bright white lights whereas residential areas have a more yellowish, diffused colour. We can also see how more densely populated areas emit considerably more light than less dense parts of the city such as the West Island, TMR, and Longueuil, which are less brilliantly yellow. Also clearly evident is the surrounding towns that orbit the city like distant planets orbit a sun. Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Joliette, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, among others all seem to surround the island at nearly equal distances with smaller concentrations of light in between. It would be interesting to see if anyone can make out some constellations using the bits of light as if they were stars.
If nothing else, it’s a beautiful and unique way to look at the city that is rarely seen.
Thanks to Montreal City Weblog for the link.