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Light Pollution Map

2001-08-11 15:52:02+00 by TC 4 comments

This Light Polllution Map has some insight, and it looks like we are in the sticks out here in the western half of the states. California has 33million people, which is still too many if you ask me, (which you didn't). Perhaps the satellite caught us durning a rolling blackout?

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:28+00 by: ebradway

That map was created using satellite images from the Southern hemisphere. California is distorted (surprise!) in scale compared to South America. Notice that most of Canada and Alaska aren't present on the map whereas the capes at the south end of South America and Africa and a good ways up the bottom of the map. San Francisco, I would assume, is the bright blob about mid-way up the west cost of the US.

But it is interesting to note the spread of the population density throughout the eastern seaboard compared to the west. Pretty much the entire US east of the Mississippi is bathed in light polution whereas only the major population centers in the west show up.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:28+00 by: TC

Yup, looks like we found a flutterbug too. It would appear that subjects need to be unique fields.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:29+00 by: jonnyx

Here's what I can't figure out...what's going on down in the Falkland Islands? Bioluminescent sheep?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:29+00 by: Larry Burton

I'm wondering about another thing on the map. Why is there more light pollution in eastern europe than in western europe? Am I misinterpreting the color codes on the map?