How Bright is Africa at Night? Explore Night Time Luminosity in Africa through Data

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When you look at maps of the world at night, you can see that major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Tokyo seem to not “turn off for the night”. These major cities seem so brightly lit compared to smaller, rural areas.

Decades ago, we might have seen that most of Africa was completely dark at night. However, Africa, as a continent, has been rapidly developing. I wanted to investigate how much of Africa is illuminated at night, along with the rest of the world.

The data I used can be found here.

I’d also like to give a huge thanks to datainspacefor putting together this data set!

Please note that the data does not continue all of the countries in Africa.

Here is my data viz:

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View the interactive viz here (strongly recommended)


  • Please note that areas are measured in regions.

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My name is Tiffany and I am a data analyst based in Boston. I am so very passionate about global affairs and blueberry ice coffee. (

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