The images, in grayscale, highlight the darkness within the borders of the country under attack by Russia since February 24th.
Ukrainian authorities said on Wednesday that three nuclear power plants on Kiev-controlled territory had been shut down following the latest wave of Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities.
The Kyiv governor said the entire capital region, home to more than three million people, had lost electricity and emergency blackouts were needed in other regions to conserve energy.
Moldovan authorities have also announced blackouts in more than half of the country. It is the first time that a neighboring state has suffered such extensive damage as a result of the war in Ukraine.
NASA used the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership satellite, in combination with a specialized imaging layer to reveal the extent of Ukraine’s blackouts. The surface and the Earth’s atmosphere are imaged even in low light conditions by the satellite’s ultra-sensitive instrument.