A new image of Montreal that can become the next postcard best-seller was presented by the NASA Earth Observatory on January 10th, 2011.
This astronaut photograph of the city lights of Montreal illustrates the extent of urbanization. Major roadways and industrial areas are traced by bright white lighting, while the adjacent residential and commercial lands are characterized by more diffuse yellow-gold lighting. Rivers and other water bodies appear black, while the surrounding countryside is faintly illuminated by moonlight.
The International Space Station (ISS) was located over the Pennsylvania-New York border at the time this image was taken—a ground distance of approximately 600 kilometres southwest of Montreal. This distance from the camera target, coupled with the oblique viewing angle from the ISS, results in the foreshortened appearance of urban areas in the image.
Courtesy of NASA