Brussels, Belgium at night • Earth.comBrussels, Belgium at night

Last update: July 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Brussels, Belgium at night.

This photo was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station and features both Brussels to the south and Antwerp to the north, as well as the Scheldt River flowing north to south.

Brussels (French: Bruxelles [bʁysɛl] (listen) or [bʁyksɛl]; Dutch: Brussel [ˈbrʏsəl] (listen)), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale; Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community,but is separate from the Flemish Region (which forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region.

Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita.  It covers 162 km2 (63 sq mi), a relatively small area compared to the two other regions, and has a population of over 1.2 million. The metropolitan area of Brussels comprises over 2.5 million people, which makes it the largest in Belgium.It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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