Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently took a picture of the bright lights of Phoenix.
NASA Earth Observatory says the below photograph "includes parts of several cities in the metro area, including Phoenix (image right), Glendale (center), and Peoria (left)."
Grand Avenue is pointed out in the center of photograph, transecting the grid pattern of streets.
The dark spots in the photograph are the mountains, many of which are public parks or recreational land.
Photograph Details: Astronaut photograph ISS035-E-5438 was acquired on March 16, 2013, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 400 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 35 crew. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by William L. Stefanov, Jacobs/ESCG at NASA-JSC.