NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night
Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:01 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:25 PM
Italy seems quite noticeably more densely, brightly lit than any of the others.
Intriguing. I was just in Italy, and despite being far more densely populated than the U.S., it seemed darker on the whole.
The Arabian peninsula had not just bright spots around the edges where the cities were, but quite a few substantial islands of light smack in the middle of what I had assumed was some of the most sparsely populated, hostile desert on earth (the empty quarter).
Flares from oil or gas wells, no doubt. Those are some of the brightest light sources on Earth.
Night fishing done with lights to attract shmrimp is another surprise.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:53 PM
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:25 PM
The Williston Basin and its oilfields spanning the ND/MT border is the large fuzzy patch north and west of Minneapolis. Wow!
I use an older version of this shot as my computer's wallpaper, so I'm familiar with what it used to look like. I immediately noticed the bright patch in the Dakotas and assumed it was the recent oilfield development. Ugh!
Now I want all the light pollutions maps and overlays to be updated so I can continue to search for darker skies.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:09 AM
Can I mention how lucky I feel to live out west? I feel even luckier to live in Utah with its wide choices of dark sites to travel to.
Amen brother! I'm just getting settled in to our new home near Capitol Reef. The sky around here just blows me away! I used to have to drive 90 minutes or more to get under skies that don't hold a candle to my own back yard.
No light domes... stars right down to the horizon...
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:23 AM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:59 PM
The West is the best.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:32 AM
Ah, Capital Reef, my favorite observing site. Lucky man! And indeed, all of us are lucky to live in the great American West.
Look me up next time you're down in the area.
I believe Capitol Reef is one of our most under-rated...
and under-visited... national parks. But I like it that way! ;^)
Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:22 AM
And indeed, all of us are lucky to live in the great American West.
+1 Indeed we are! I used to take my dark skies for granted, until I joined CN, & read about other's skies.
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