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SAN FRANCISCO - Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and auroras are lit up in new nighttime views of the Earth.

The new images released Wednesday are courtesy of a newly launched NASA-NOAA satellite that's equipped with a sensor to observe the planet at night.

A map of the United States shows the populated East Coast illuminated. Light from fishing boats can be pinpointed.

After Superstorm Sandy made landfall in late October, hard-hit New Jersey, lower Manhattan and the Rockaways appeared dark in the satellite images compared with surrounding areas -- the result of widespread power outages.

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