Darkened Cities Show the Sky Without Light Pollution


Have you ever wondered what the night sky might look like with all the city and street lights turned off? Thierry Cohen from Paris did, and through his imagination and exploration, created a digital project called “Darkened Cities.”

Thierry would travel to areas with no light pollution that were on the same axis as the cities he chose. Then he would superimpose the image on the existing city landscape to create what the city could look like without any electricity on and void of any lights. The result is stunning.

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PARIS 48° 51’ 52’’ N  2021-07-14  UTC 22:18

São Paulo 23° 33’ 22’ S 2011-06-05 lst 11:44

New York 40° 46’ 38’’ N 2010-10-10 lst 21:00

Shanghai 31° 13’ 27’’ N 2012-03-20 lst 13:57




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via yewknee

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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  1. Robert G.says:

    OMG, this is truly amazing!! Do you know where I can buy one to hang on my wall by any chance??

  2. Thanks for finally talking about >Darkened Cities Show the
    Sky Without Light Pollution <Loved it!

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