Night lights of Texas • Earth.com

Last update: February 17th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Texas lit up by city lights at night.

Visible in the image from left to right are the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Beaumont.

This image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

Texas  pronounced (listen)) is the second largest state in the United States by area (after Alaska) and population (after California). Located in the South Central region, Texas shares borders with the states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U.S., and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed the “Lone Star State” for its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texas state seal. The origin of Texas’s name is from the word taysha, which means “friends” in the Caddo language

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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