World Map – Night View

Quick Overview

Ever wondered how the planet earth would look like at night? Ever wondered how to map the physical features across the world? Here is your answer.

In this work I have tried to map the night view of the earth. In addition, I have mapped artificial features including airports, road network, railroad network, road network, and urban areas; arbitrary feature including time zones; and natural features including oceans, glaciated areas, and river network.


For this work I used the data from Natural Earth Data. Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.

Data themes are available in three levels of detail. For each scale, themes are listed on Cultural, Physical, and Raster category pages. All versions of Natural Earth raster + vector map data found on this website are in the public domain.

In addition to Natural Earth Data, I used the base-maps available in ArcGIS Pro. The base-maps I used are: Street (Night), Dark Gray Canvas, Navigation (Dark Mode), Nova Map, and Firefly Imagery Hybrid.

Here are these interesting maps:

Artificial Features:

World Map (Airports)
World Map (Railroad Network)
World Map (Road Network)
World Map (Urban Area)

Arbitrary Features:

World Map (Time Zones)

Physical Features

World Map (River Network)
World Map (Oceans)
World Map (Glaciated Area)

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