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dkb
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Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images
      #5556264 - 12/05/12 07:30 PM

I don't believe I've seen these posted here yet so here are some spectacular new images from the NASA's Suomi NPP satellite. These are the highest resolution images to date, capable of seeing lights on a single ship at sea.


http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=79800


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dkb
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: dkb]
      #5556278 - 12/05/12 07:36 PM

What is most striking that I noticed so far is the Bakken oil field in North Dakota. None of that light was there 5 years ago. That area is larger then any major city now. I believe some of the other data the satellite captures can tell what the light source it is but when I was in that area there was immense amount of gas being burnt off into the atmosphere. And it looks like it drops off in Canada who requires the companies to capture all the gas instead of burning it off.

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petemumbower
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: dkb]
      #5556317 - 12/05/12 08:00 PM

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this link.

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dkb
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: dkb]
      #5556377 - 12/05/12 08:33 PM

I found the link that shows a listing of the night images they have posted:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=79869


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omahaastro
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: dkb]
      #5558431 - 12/06/12 10:57 PM

Wow... the Bakken oil field is shocking. I know natural gas burns cleaner... but that is a lot of 'candles' burning there.

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Jason H.
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: dkb]
      #5558495 - 12/06/12 11:36 PM

NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NPP/news/earth-at-night.html


Regards, Jason W. Higley


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DavidNealMinnick
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Re: Spectacular Satellite hi-res LP images new [Re: omahaastro]
      #5558615 - 12/07/12 01:58 AM

Quote:

Wow... the Bakken oil field is shocking. I know natural gas burns cleaner... but that is a lot of 'candles' burning there.




That's not natural (methane) gas being flared off, it's hydrogen sulfide, nasty stuff.


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