Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

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Impossibly detailed views of Earth from space at night and day  from Anton Balazh/Gallery

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Nothing makes me feel more connected to the rest of the human race than seeing the Earth from space at night.
National borders vanish, and rivers of light unite our towns and cities into a single glowing tapestry. Just look at this incredible view of Europe, sparkling with artificial light: cropped western Europe earth night relief map
Er, wait a minute. If you’ve seen enough images of Earth from space at night, or you care to look closely enough, this image looks… funny. And yet it has been shared all over the internet as a legitimate NASA photograph. Compare it to this photograph of the Iberian Peninsula, taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station in July 2014: Spain Iberian peninsula Europe from space at night NASA As it turns out, the first — and arguably more breathtaking — image is actually a computer rendering created by Russian graphic artist Anton Balazh.

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The Middle East and Northeast Africa,

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Great Lakes, USA – Canada, North-East

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Iberia Peninsula

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Mexico,

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Northern Europe,

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Iberia Peninsula

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Iberia Peninsula

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

The Arabian Peninsula and eastern Africa,

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Great Britain, Northern Europa

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Florida, East USA

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Caliornia Peninsula, USA – Mexico

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Japan

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

India and Sri Lanka

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Central America

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Earth

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Australia

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Patagonia, South America

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery
Madagascar

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Alaska

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Iberia Peninsula

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Norhern Europa

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Europa – Italy, Greece

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

California

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Japan

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Alaska

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

North America
Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

South America

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

New Zealand

Impossible detailed views of Earth from space at night an day from Anton Balazh Gallery

Anton Balazh/Shutterstock
Anton Balazh/Gallery

http://unofficialnetworks.com/2014/06/detailed-relief-maps-show-worlds-mountain-ranges
http://www.techinsider.io/earth-night-space-images-relief-maps-2015-11

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