The glittering lights of Earth: the ISS photographs the dark side of our world

The shape of early 21st century civilization stands out in bright golden lights, in new images from the International Space Station. You can make out the shape of Europe and Africa. Below, see the cities and highways in the desert.

Check out the lights of Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt, as photographed from the ISS:

The glittering lights of Earth: the ISS photographs the dark side of our world

And here's the Gulf Coast, the city of Mobile and Mobile Bay, as photographed from 220 miles up:

The glittering lights of Earth: the ISS photographs the dark side of our world

All images by NASA. [via Space Fellowship]