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Las Vegas at Night
Position of center of photo (Lat/Long): [36.176/-115.137]
The Las Vegas metropolitan area is located near the southern tip of Nevada (United States), within the Mohave Desert. While the city is famous for its casinos and resort hotels - Las Vegas bills itself as "the entertainment capital of the world" - the wider metropolitan area includes several other incorporated cities and unincorporated areas (not part of a state-recognized municipality).
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) observe and photograph numerous metropolitan areas when they are illuminated by sunlight, but the extent and pattern of these areas is perhaps best revealed at night by city lights. The surrounding darkness of the desert presents a stark contrast to the brightly lit street grid of the developed area. The Vegas Strip is reputed to be the brightest spot on Earth due to the concentration of lights on its hotels and casinos. The tarmac of McCarran International Airport is dark by comparison, while the airstrips of Nellis Air Force Base on the northeastern fringe are likewise dark. The dark mass of Frenchman Mountain borders the city to the east.
|Source of material: NASA|
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