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NASA/Scott Kelly
Bright lights, big city.

This stunning photo of Earth from space shows Los Angeles shining like a supernova

By Svati Kirsten Narula

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is spending a year in space, took this stunning photograph from the International Space Station, showing the lights of the US West Coast in the early morning. Los Angeles is a city known for light pollution—the slogan of the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting is “Bright Lights, Safe Nights”—and it shows up as a giant glowing blob.