City lights trace out settlements in the matte black of Italy at night, but moonglint softens the surrounding water.

This photograph was taken by a member of Expedition 37 from the International Space Station on October 17, 2013. It covers the Elba-Follonica-Grosseto-Orbetello area of Italy.

Image credit: NASA


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