City's By Night
Buenos Aires at Night
Buenos Aires is one of the larger cities seen by orbiting crews. Twelve million people, almost one third of all Argentines, live in this city, often called the ‚Paris of the South.‚ Taken very early on the morning of Saturday, February 8, 2003, from the International Space Station with the handheld electronic still camera, this remarkably clear image shows the lights of Argentina‚ capital city.
Brightness of the lights exactly represents the density of the urban population, which declines all the way to the blackness of the farmlands that surround the city. The brightest area is the old part of the city centered on the port and the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada. The blackest part of the scene is the River Plate, the great estuary of the Atlantic Ocean on which this port city is located