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#1 Locoman

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

Here's a new picture of the USA taken at night by the newly launched NOAA satellite. I live 180 miles west of Kansas City so it isn't that bad but you people near the east coast, is it as bad as it looks? :foreheadslap:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

It gets worse with each passing year.

#3 Mark9473

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

My place in the world. :(

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

Locoman,
I live on the Eastern Shore of MD . . . in a word - "YES"!; however, there are pockets of pretty dark sites here. 20 mins from where I live is a site that's dark enough to easily see the Saggitarius split in the Milky Way - Tuckahoe State Park.

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#5 Kildar13x

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

It's not too bad in Maine. I live right on the coast and can see quite a bit actually, but go 30 mins inland and you can see the Milky Way no problem. I used to live over an hour inland and it was amazing how dark it was. I'm now trying to find a new dark sky spot relatively close to me again.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:58 AM

Ahh yes I saw this on the Raytheon website they call the whole photo BLACK MARBLE to go along with BLUE MARBLE 2012 and WHITE MARBLE. Theyre satellite had much involvement as well. The VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer).

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:43 AM

I have good nights.. Just can't say.... Recently I'm pretty surprised how clear...not directly near large cities.. I'd probably freak out/be in heaven in dark skies

#8 Thomas Karpf

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:06 AM

Here's my slice of bright sky in central CT (I'm right in the middle of that bright slice). Yes, it's sucky.

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#9 JasonBurry

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:43 AM

Thank the gods for being on the coast of the Bay of Fundy....

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#10 Jerry-rigged

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

Here is my view. Home is orange/red sky, fishing camp is green.

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#11 newtoskies

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

yep, it's that bad.

#12 Tony Flanders

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

You people near the east coast, is it as bad as it looks?


It's a rather hard photo to interpret, because it's so contrasty. What you're not seeing is the huge range of variation within the areas that look equally bright in that photo.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:11 AM

I live in Central Virginia (Richmond), and you have to drive at least 30 miles west of where I live in the far western suburbs to get a really nice sky.

Funny, this thread reminded me of what happened back in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel came through here and wiped out 99 percent of the power statewide. By day 3 (of two weeks without power) we were tired of eating cold and boxed food, so I went outside that late September night to pull the Coleman stove out of our pop-up camper. (What an epiphany we had when we realized it was there!) Anyway, as I exited the back door I stopped in my tracks, dumbfounded.

I had never seen a sky so black and full of stars. The southern Milky Way was drop-dead GORGEOUS. I felt like Jodie Foster in Contact, gazing drop-jawed at it mumbling stuff like "Poetry" ...

This must've been like observing out in the desert southwest. It was stunning!

Unfortunately I was between telescopes at the time. GRRRR! I hope that wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime sight. I might even put up with another hurricane just for two weeks of that. :p

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:21 AM

Here's another pic for ya ...

Whole Earth at Night






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