Light Pollution Atlas 2006

Welcome to the latest version of the World Atlas of the Artificial Night Sky Brightness! I've re-calculated Pierantonio Cinzano's original atlas using more recent satellite data from 2006. The global coverage is also expanded from the original atlas (e.g. Hawaii, Alaska, and northern Canada and Siberia are now included).

View Atlas in Google Maps

The maps have a new expanded color scale.



The Maps:

The full resolution world map is very hard to view due to its size. Therefore I also have a medium resolution world map and full resolution continent-scale maps that may be easier to use. A map showing the domain of the 6 continent-scale maps is below. There are two versions of each map: one with borders and coastlines and the other with nothing except light pollution. The resolution of most maps is 1/120 degrees. The medium resolution world maps are 1/40 degrees. I've used an "expanded color scale" for all maps.

No Coastlines or Borders

White Coastlines and Borders

Domain (degrees)

Medium resolution world map

Medium resolution world map

65S to 75N, 180W to 180E

North America

North America

7N to 75N, 180W to 51W

South America

South America

57S to 14N, 93W to 33W

Europe

Europe

34N to 75N, 32W to 70E

Africa

Africa

36S to 38N, 26W to 64E

Asia

Asia

5N to 75N, 60E to 180E

Australia

Australia

48S to 8N, 94E to 180E

Full resolution world map

Full resolution world map

65S to 75N, 180W to 180E




For more information contact:

David Lorenz

dlorenz@wisc.edu