Holiday Lights

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If you feel like your world is looking a little brighter; you're probably right.

According to NASA nighttime lights around U.S. cities shine 25 to 50% brighter during Christmas and New Year’s when compared to the less festive months. And of course the reason for this is the holiday light displays that in some cases can actually be seen from space.

NASA scientists say that typically lights start getting brighter on black Friday and continue the high power illumination through New Year’s Day. But this year the grid got an early boost. Because the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a week shorter people started decorating before the turkey had its big day.

And in many cases people were on a mission to outdo themselves and all their neighbors. Countless stories came out about people with displays that used thousands of lights and sucked up hundreds of dollars in electric bills.

And we aren't the only ones with the holiday spirit. NASA says lights in some Middle Eastern cities shine more than 50% brighter during Ramadan. Tis the season for extravagance.