TL;DR: This gorgeous photo of Singapore from space literally puts us on the world map.
I remember sitting at the window seat of a plane bound for Singapore, watching the twinkling lights of the city below us. The beauty of the view never failed to take my breath away, and has been etched in my mind as the real feeling of being home.
However, NASA has taken that feeling and multiplied it tenfold. This view of Singapore was taken from the International Space Station. According to the Facebook post that NASA shared it on, it was taken on the 19th of March.
Since posting it on Facebook, it has 9K likes and over 6K shares.
Many people responded to the picture with feelings of pride.
Others, on the other hand, saw a darker meaning behind this glittering scene.
Light pollution is a very real problem in many cities, Singapore included. While its effects are not as prominent as that of air pollution in hazy weather, light pollution is known to interfere with astronomical observations, disrupt ecosystems, and cause adverse health issues, namely sleep disruption and melatonin suppression.
Nonetheless, the view of Singapore is something to be envied. It shows that as the special city it has become after 50 years of independence, it has, literally, been put on the world map.