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View Poll Results: The brightest city in the World
New York City 30 24.39%
London 8 6.50%
Tokyo 49 39.84%
Dubai 7 5.69%
Shanghai 10 8.13%
Hong Kong 21 17.07%
Paris 14 11.38%
Rome 5 4.07%
Jakarta 1 0.81%
Frankfurt 5 4.07%
Manila 0 0%
Other 17 13.82%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 123. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-18-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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According to here:

The Extent of Urbanization in the Southwest As Viewed from Space (http://geochange.er.usgs.gov/sw/changes/anthropogenic/city_lights/ - broken link)

Las Vegas is the brightest city on earth.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Actually las vegas does use the brightest lights but how are you judging the brightest city? Las vegas is tiny compared to other major cities, meaning while the lights are brighter its only in a tiny area. And I actually just read that the lights in tokyo from space give a blue-green light.

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Old 10-22-2009, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Clearly there are a lot of different interpretations of brightest. Frankly I don't think it makes much difference how bright any city looks from space because the vast majority of us will never see cities that way.

By the same token, it should be pointed out that Las Vegas has a handful of dazzling streets, but that would be something like less than 1% of all of the streets in the city, no? The same goes for Tokyo which has very bright commercial districts but far more dimly lit streets covering vast areas of the city.

Should streetlights be the yardstick for measuring the brightness of a city? If so, I have flown into numerous desert cities in places like Saudi Arabia or other parts of the Middle East with miles and miles of bright sodium streetlights lighting every inch of the empty treeless lots or small dusty houses.

So clearly there is not much point in a "my city is brighter than your city" argument although it is quite interesting to see the sort of elements that people like to put forward to support their point.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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How is Las Vegas not on the list???????
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:46 AM
 
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Clearly there are a lot of different interpretations of brightest. Frankly I don't think it makes much difference how bright any city looks from space because the vast majority of us will never see cities that way.
The way I read the poll, in fact, was, "how does space look from the city?" Not many stars to be seen at night in Hong Kong, even when the pollution isn't too bad.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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youd be an idiot to vote for NYC over Tokyo on this one.. crap, the american patriotism really has no limits. have you even seen pictures of tokyo? in downtown tokyo every intersection is a times square!! and some are even bigger than the one in new york (like the shibuya crossing.. ugh..)
Because this is an American forum genius. Plenty of people get on here that haven't been or researched many places so they vote for what they are familiar with. It's strange that you get on an American website to insult Americans!

I do agree that Tokyo is probably the brightest city on Earth. However, largest single illuminating area in the world is clearly the Northeastern US corridor with the one in Southern Japan being a close second. It looks a bit longer longer but is not as thick due to the mountainous nature of the island.

On a side note it's interesting to look at the pattern of settlement in Russia, especially East of Moscow. Civilization clearly follows and builds up along the railroads.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Las Vegas is the brightest city in the world. Tokyo comes in at second.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Las Vegas is the brightest city in the world. Tokyo comes in at second.
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Las Vegas just simply isn't large enough to emit as much light as Tokyo...I know that certain lights used in parts of Las Vegas are the brightest in the world but I'd guess NYC is the brightest American city.

The way I'm thinking of brightness is that if aliens were on their way to visit Earth and if they were flying in at night which city lights would they see first while still far off?

Night Satellite Photos | Earth, U.S., Europe, World | Geology.com

Looking at this map I highly doubt our alien friends would see Las Vegas first.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:18 AM
 
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Las Vegas just simply isn't large enough to emit as much light as Tokyo...I know that certain lights used in parts of Las Vegas are the brightest in the world but I'd guess NYC is the brightest American city.

The way I'm thinking of brightness is that if aliens were on their way to visit Earth and if they were flying in at night which city lights would they see first while still far off?

Night Satellite Photos | Earth, U.S., Europe, World | Geology.com

Looking at this map I highly doubt our alien friends would see Las Vegas first.
Las Vegas is the brightest city in the world from space

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