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What's New in Science Reference: Holiday Light Show from Space: Lecture with NASA's Dr. Miguel Román December 7

What's New in Science Reference: Holiday Light Show from Space: Lecture with NASA's Dr. Miguel Román December 7


Using data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), Miguel Román, research physical scientist and remote sensing specialist in the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons. In comparing the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in the U.S., he and his team noticed large areas where night lights were from 20-50% brighter than the rest of the year. Dr. Román will discuss the need to better understand the driving forces behind energy use, including how dominant social phenomena, the changing demographics of urban centers, and socio-cultural settings affect energy-use decisions. This lecture will be held in the Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor of the Madison Building, on Thursday, December 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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