The images, captured by the ISS, show the Iberian Peninsula, with Spain and Portugal glowing brightly.
The heavily-populated Mediterranean coastline is clearly visible, with Valencia and Barcelona shining brilliantly, along with other densely-peopled places like Spain´s capital Madrid.
The pictures highlight the fact that, although astronauts may spend much of their time looking toward distant universes and intergalactic wonders, it is comforting to look in the direction of home.
The images, from the 200-mile-high space station, also show Earth’s atmosphere as a green shroud that surrounds and protects our planet.
It´s also possible to see just how close the Iberian Peninsula is to Morocco. A thin line of blackness – the Strait of Gibraltar – separates the two.
Other images of earth by night have recently been released in ‘Gravity: Nasa’s real-life images from space’ series, which uses photos taken over the last several years.
The collection was put together to celebrate the success of the 2013 film ‘Gravity’, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, which swept the board at the 86th Academy Awards with seven Oscars.
See more images on the Nasa website: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html#.Uxr0U_l5O31