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Old 08-26-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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August 27th, 2015: ISS Nightlight

The nightlight for the International Space Station is the Earth.
We've seen this type of pictures before, but I never tire of them.



There is 20 more of them here.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:37 AM   #2
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Cool looking images, but I'd like to know what I'm looking at.

These seem completely computer generated to me. The elevations of the land are very exaggerated, and the colors are all wrong. Plus there is no cloud cover anywhere and the oceans are lit up.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:10 AM   #3
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The ones I posted are obvious what your looking at, but the ones at the link are harder to identify. That's the fun of them.

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The high definition have been specially edited using various techniques, allowing NASA to add a vertical exaggeration of the relief based on a digital terrain model.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:24 AM   #4
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well, the geographical inspirations for the images are mostly figure-out-able, but I agree with glatt that these are not photographs of the earth. There are a couple at the site that are very dark continental landmasses that could be photos of the earth, but these ones with the swimming pool continental shelf and the pointy hills and spiky coastlines and the ridiculously bent horizons... those are the products of someone's computer skills.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:17 AM   #5
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One cool thing with the exaggerated land elevation is that I never knew there was a mountain range in Arkansas. I thought everything in "the middle" was flat, but Arkansas has mountains. I mean, I guess I had heard of the Ozarks, but I thought they branched off the Smokey Mountains ore something. And they have the Ouachita Mountains too.
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:23 PM   #6
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Anyway, 2 years later I just watched the ISS cruise across the sky!
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Old 09-27-2017, 07:34 PM   #7
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Did you flash it?
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Old 09-28-2017, 06:05 AM   #8
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No but I did experience a moment of hopefulness about humanity. Does that count for something?
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:30 PM   #9
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Probably good for your head, just don't let on to your neighbors, they might get the pitchforks and torches out.
I mean who the hell are you to delay Armageddon.
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Old 09-29-2017, 06:52 AM   #10
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Oh it's coming baby, even my moderate friends are stocking ammo.
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:03 AM   #11
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If my house caught fire I'd have a moral obligation to wave off the firemen.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:05 PM   #12
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Does Antananarivo on Madagascar really have 99.9% of the light?
I agree that many hours can be spent enjoying those pics.
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