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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Europe from Space

Europe from space
Europe at night

I love these photos from space. the patterns of lights really tell you something about the civilization below. It's so easy to make out the key metropolitan centers such as Madrid, Rome, Paris, and Stockholm. Interesting also how all of Southern England gets lit up, while everything east of Germany in  Eastern Europe is dark. Holland and Belgium - how do people there get any sleep? It's also amazing that you can make out highways. One of the Spacelab astronauts from the '70s mentioned that the only man-made structure they could see was the Great Dike in northern Holland - and, sure enough, there it is.

Now, to zero in on one of those points of light, below is Paris:

Paris from Space
Paris from Space