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    I received this in an email....very kool!!!

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    This composite image of Earth's city lights was created from hundreds of
    satellite photos.

    Note:

    1. The outline of the Mediterranean.

    2. The Nile River and the rest of the "Dark Continent."

    3. The Australian Outback

    4. The Trans-Siberian Railroad

    5. North vs. South Korea. (Political system / economic development ?)

    6. The northeastern border between Maine and New Brunswick.

    (We have camped under an abandoned US Airforce radar dome on top of "Mountain
    # 9," roughly 20 miles west of this border. We were fascinated to note the
    almost razor-sharp line between the dark Maine "wilderness" and brightly lit
    Canada. Does anyone have a good explanation? Land ownership by large paper
    companies in the U.S. vs. individuals in Canada? Type of land? In any case,
    the view is worth the trip.)

    7. While looking at the planet's lights, one might do well to consider the
    resources consumed to generate all this electricity and what the economists
    politely call the resulting environmental "externalities". More light is
    not necessarily better. Some of us even want to be able to look up and see
    the stars, not skyglow.

    Click here for the 158KB file:
    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ima...s_dmsp_big.jpg

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    Pretty cool - at least as a visual - not as cool when you think about the light polution. Surprised Las Vegas doesn't stick out more - heck Minneapolis is a bigger spot! And what's up with that one island in the carribean - Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic - can't remember my islands.

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    Originally posted by billy007:
    Pretty cool - at least as a visual - not as cool when you think about the light polution. Surprised Las Vegas doesn't stick out more - heck Minneapolis is a bigger spot! And what's up with that one island in the carribean - Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic - can't remember my islands.
    That's Puerto Rico, it's a pretty well developed Island, after all is also The USA too...a US Province that is...

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    I hate to be a party-pooper, but that photo is doctored. It circulated a few years ago and someone (from NASA maybe, I can't remember) did some research and found the original photo with no lights. Sorry to rain on your parade.

    It's still a pretty cool pic though!

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    yeah, i think that there are some mistakes in that picture.
    however, i saw an article about light pollution in the newspaper about a week or so ago, and it was very interesting.
    just because the picture is doctored doesn't mean that it isn't a problem, imo.

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    Hey, cool pic!

    I think it must be legit because it's on the NASA site. It's obviously not a "photo"...it would have to be made from several photos to get a flat map of Earth.

    Sheesh...Chicago is one big splotch.

    I looked around on the same site a little and found this pic of the Northern Lights over Winnipeg.

    www.mayakuper.com

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    Pretty cool looking!
    "Sorry about the mess..."<br /><br />~Han Solo Episode IV

 

 

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