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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth at Night
NASA ^ | December 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 12/07/2012 9:13:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: This remarkably complete view of Earth at night is a composite of cloud-free, nighttime images. The images were collected during April and October 2012 by the Suomi-NPP satellite from polar orbit about 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the surface using its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). VIIRS offers greatly improved resolution and sensitivity compared to past global nightlight detecting instrumentation on DMSP satellites. It also has advantages compared to cameras on the International Space Station. While the space station passes over the same point on Earth every two or three days, Suomi-NPP passes over the same point twice a day at about 1:30am and 1:30pm local time. Easy to recognize here, city lights identify major population centers, tracking the effects of human activity and influence across the globe. That makes nighttime images of our fair planet among the most interesting and important views from space.

December 07, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; earthatnight; science
[Credit: NASA, NOAA NGDC, Suomi-NPP, Earth Observatory; Data and Processing: Chris Elvidge and Robert Simmon]

1 posted on 12/07/2012 9:13:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Related topic: The United States at Night April-Oct 2012

2 posted on 12/07/2012 9:14:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m surprised India is lit up so much.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 9:15:51 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Prison guards in Pyongyang are the only with lights in North Korea


4 posted on 12/07/2012 9:28:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Past Your Eyes

A billion candles


5 posted on 12/07/2012 9:30:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

Take the hi res USA photo and import it into a decent editor to see the ground around the Grand Canyon, salt flats, Ely Nevada etc. It makes it even better.


6 posted on 12/07/2012 9:33:26 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: SunkenCiv

Why is Washington state so lit up?


7 posted on 12/07/2012 9:38:06 PM PST by Ken H
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To: SunkenCiv

What is the large grouping of lights in Sibera far north of India?


8 posted on 12/07/2012 9:38:31 PM PST by Marak (I don't deal with reality.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I never thought it is possible to see lights from the earth from a far.


9 posted on 12/07/2012 10:07:19 PM PST by Anila
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To: SunkenCiv

Clicks through to a 3600x1800 jpeg. Very nice.


10 posted on 12/07/2012 10:25:48 PM PST by TChad
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To: Marak
Oil operations in Siberia.

India: could be cookfires as well as electrification as elsewhere.

Western Australia shouldn't be that bright. I heard they were brushfires?

You can see the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Also, take a look at the U.S. midwest/plains states. Orderly, regular grid of lights following highways.

11 posted on 12/07/2012 11:13:21 PM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: SunkenCiv

This is astronomy, how?


12 posted on 12/07/2012 11:41:18 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux

They took the photo from Uranus.


13 posted on 12/08/2012 12:03:58 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Ken H

I think that’s Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. Cosy little thing they got going there, I guess.


14 posted on 12/08/2012 1:29:59 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: dagogo redux

‘cuzza “from space” ... get it ?


15 posted on 12/08/2012 1:31:12 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: Anila

Despite false claims about the Great Wall of China, electric lights are the ONLY man-made object visible from space.


16 posted on 12/08/2012 2:54:34 AM PST by Paisan
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To: Past Your Eyes

Ammo for the climate scam agenda


17 posted on 12/08/2012 3:33:41 AM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: SunkenCiv

Does anyone know how much of the planet’s actual land mass is populated? My guess is that it’s only about 15%.....


18 posted on 12/08/2012 3:38:44 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: SunkenCiv
It's nice to see that things are still the same in North Korea...


19 posted on 12/08/2012 4:39:59 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Amazing.


20 posted on 12/08/2012 4:52:21 AM PST by EternalVigilance (America's creed: Our rights come from God, not men. Governments exist to secure those rights.)
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To: Ken H

“Why is Washington State so lit up?”

From my understanding, a doobie can glow very brightly. (yes, this is my poor attempt at humor).


21 posted on 12/08/2012 5:50:41 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like the brightest metropolitan clusters are Cairo, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, while the brightest regions are the NE USA and western Europe.


22 posted on 12/08/2012 9:23:32 AM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: dagogo redux

This is astronomy, just conducted from orbit, of our most familiar celestial body. :’)


23 posted on 12/08/2012 6:05:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Even a cursory review of standard definitions of the word would prove you wrong. Another term now dumbed down and loosing all meaning.

A telescopic view of plants on a distant mountain is not astronomy simply because a telescope was used and the plants use energy from the sun to grow.


24 posted on 12/09/2012 9:17:26 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux

Good thing I didn’t actually pick the photo then, huh?


25 posted on 12/09/2012 4:22:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and next time, try chopping up and snorting your Prozac.)
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To: Past Your Eyes; GeronL; sauron

Call centers.


26 posted on 12/09/2012 4:23:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; dr_lew

Heh heh.


27 posted on 12/09/2012 4:26:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Amazing the camera would fit, what with his head being up there.)
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To: Ken H; dr_lew; momtothree

What momtothree said. :’)


28 posted on 12/09/2012 4:26:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Not populated, OCCUPIED!!! We are the 15%!!!


29 posted on 12/09/2012 4:29:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL; raybbr

This photo was taken during the Pyongping Pyongpong tournament, it’s the only time they turn on lights. It’s a treat for the masses, because they get fed more so they have enough energy to hand-turn the generators.


30 posted on 12/09/2012 4:32:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Marak; sauron

Could be oil fields, probably not in Siberia per se, but rather in Central Asia; a recent APoD had the time-lapse of the Sun over Baku, which used to be an impoverished muzzie hell-hole, then oil money started to pour in.


31 posted on 12/09/2012 4:32:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Anila; Paisan; EternalVigilance; Hebrews 11:6

It’s a bright world we’ve made, of course, that will change when the boot is on our necks.


32 posted on 12/09/2012 4:32:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cicero2k; TChad; sauron

Thanks!


33 posted on 12/09/2012 4:32:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

lol.

sadly, very realistic


34 posted on 12/09/2012 4:39:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Paisan
Despite false claims about the Great Wall of China ...

Yeah, I think it was Borman who said, "You're lucky if you can see the continents."

35 posted on 12/09/2012 7:14:02 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

They seem to be at a rather high latitude in an area with no cities.


36 posted on 12/09/2012 9:00:07 PM PST by Marak (I don't deal with reality.)
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