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The Earth at Night
james_nicoll
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Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comment(s); comment here or there.

It's pretty.

But inaccurate. There must be some serious data processing issues.

Have a read of this, because I think they've Got It Wrong Somehow.

Are there any shale oil operations in the Outback? Cause that seems to be the source for the lights in the middle of nowhere Texas and US/Canadian border.

The only trouble is that one of those light clusters seems to be in or around australia's Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, and checking against google maps the area seems to be too deserty to be say suffering from forest fires (which are maybe a possibility with the texas lights?).

Bear in mind that those lights could just be an artifact of relatively low resolution camera with a really photosensitive sensor picking up a few campfires in the outback (which I've heard Apollo astronauts note being able to see when they passed over the sahara) and then smearing them over a larger pixel.

None whatsoever. There are some iron ore places, but nowhere near that many - there's more and stronger lights than Melbourne, which has 4 million people

Heh. I was going to say Western Aust. was surprisingly bright and South Africa surprisingly dim.

I was wondering what's so bright in the Beaufort Sea.

According to NASA, the mysterious lights are basically accurate, albeit from non-city sources. The lights in western Australia are wildfires. As the article I linked says, "[t]his means fires and other lighting (such as ships) could have been detected on any one day and integrated into the composite picture, despite being temporary phenomena."

They keep saying that, but there isn't that much out there to burn. It would be like saying that this area in Arizona was aflame - it just doesn't make sense.

Indeed. The light in Western Australia was the first thing I noticed. The light in western central Russian Federation also looks suspect.

- Syd

The Nile is quite striking.

I CAN SEE MY HOUSE FROM HEEEEERE

no wait, that's Neyland Stadium

--Dave, and then the student was enlightened