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night picture of the earth

Apr 18, 2002 10:15 AM
by Eldon B Tucker

Here's something that someone sent me at work.
It's worth sharing. The night picture of the
world helps one picture clusters of humanity
across the earth. It helps impress on one the
fact that the earth itself is vibrant with life.

-- Eldon

Check the link at the bottom below...The image is a panoramic view of the
world from the new space station.

It is a night photo with the lights clearly indicating the populated areas.
You can scroll East-West and North-South. Note that Canada's population is
almost exclusively along the U.S. border. Moving east, to Europe, there is
a high population concentration along the Mediterranean Coast. It's easy to
spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Milan. Note the Nile River and the rest
of the "Dark Continent". After the Nile, the lights don't come on again
until Johannesburg. Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans-Siberian
Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking observation is the difference
between North and South Korea. Note the density of Japan.

What a piece of photography. It is an absolutely awesome picture of the
Earth taken from the Boeing built Space Station last November on a perfect
night with no obscuring atmospheric conditions.

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