This is a photo realistic planet of earth in 100 years. This model is intended for those who need nothing less then the highest photorealism for cinema quality renders.
The city lights appear on the dark side no matter where you place the sunlight. It uses a futuristic art style kinda of like the planet Coruscant.
Also notice that the ice caps have melted and flooded most of the coast lines. This is an accurate representation to what scientist predict will happen.
This planet uses some of the highest resolution textures available at 8000x4000.
It uses numerous layers to achieve it realistic look and it looks just as good in orbit as it does from far away. Its the small subtle details that make a cinema quality rendering and this model has been tweaked to even the most subtle details that most artist miss.