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.”

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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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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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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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