Panoramic View of the World at Night
This is really a sight to behold.  The image is a panoramic view
of the world from the new space station.  It is a night photo with
the lights clearly indicating the populated areas.  You can scroll
East-West and North-South.  Note that Canada's population is
almost exclusively along the U.S.  border.  Moving east to Europe,
there is a high population concentration along the Mediterranean
Coast.  It's easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.
Check out the development  of Israel compared to that of the
Arab countries.  Note the Nile River and  the rest of the "Dark
Continent".  After the Nile, the lights don't come on again until
Johannesburg.  Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans
Siberian Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking observation is
the difference between North and South Korea.  Note the density
of Japan.  What a piece of  photography.  It is an absolutely
awesome picture of the Earth taken from the Space
Station last November on a perfect night with no obscuring
atmospheric conditions.

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 Last Updated 7/30/05