Lights of Mankind

Lights of Mankind

The Earth at Night as Seen From Space

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Explores how we've populated the planet through panoramic photographs of the Earth at night made possible by the latest light-sensitive cameras and the newly installed Cupola on the International Space Station as well as through stories of agriculture, geography, wars and politics.

Globe Fearon Co

Celebrating--and understanding--our Earth from space


The Lights of Mankind is the story of how we’ve populated this planet as told through inspiring, panoramic photographs of Earth at night. It showcases unexpected and breathtaking photos made possible by the latest light-sensitive cameras and the newly installed Cupola on the International Space Station—pictures that have already awed hundreds of thousands Space Station fans.


The images, of course, beg explanation. Why did Man settle here and not there? How is this glittering planet powered? The narrative explores the expected and unexpected, telling a story of agriculture, geography, wars, disease, food supply, water supply, politics, politics and power supply. The uncertain sprawl of southern California. The Nile River as it snakes towards the Mediterranean. The grid-like pattern of lights that write the history of the American Midwest. This is the “unintended artwork of human habitation,” as author Keeney writes, artwork we now see first-hand.


Includes first-person perspectives on Earth at night contributed by the astronauts themselves—Don Pettit, Douglas Wheelock, Mario Runco, Jr., Clayton “Clay” Anderson, and Sandra Magnus.

Earth at night, as the photos and essays of this book showcases, is an electric planet, glittering with billions of lights for all the solar system to see.

& Taylor

Shows humanity's population around the planet by collecting space photographs of city lights at night.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press c2012
Description: vi, 281 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN: 9780762777556
Branch Call Number: 910.222 Kee


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 31, 2012

Gorgeous! The view from space of San Francisco and Los Angeles is just spectacular.

debwalker Dec 13, 2011

Spectacular views of the home planet at night.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top