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Old 8 December 2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Light Pollution Image From NASA: The USA At Night

So when did a Chicago-sized development pop up in northwestern North Dakota? When the Bakken Oil Field was discovered. ND is now the nation's second leading oil producing state. The arrow points to the lights of oil rigs and flares from space. (This same area was dark in the 2003 photos from NASA.)


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Old 8 December 2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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Cool photo, thanks for posting!
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Old 8 December 2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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Actually, I think it's Rolex owners charging their lume
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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cool! I've updated the map with more key information:

Green arrow: eman1200 born and raised
Red arrow: eman1200 currently residing, enjoying a fine Irish Whiskey. and yes, the light is on.
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:41 AM   #6
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I was wondering why Winnipeg was so bright in the photo, Joey, when I first saw it. Then I realized I was way off. Amazing.
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:45 AM   #7
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Not good for where I was raised and where I live now...
Thanks for the cool photo
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:47 AM   #8
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I like that sort of map.
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:52 AM   #9
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jesus, you can see hwy 11 from where it splits off at barrie heading all the way up ontario. CRAZY!

also, sault ste marie looks a lot brighter than i imagined it would.
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Old 8 December 2012, 11:53 AM   #10
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Very cool photo. Hard to miss Las Vegas, and is every light on Long Island turned on?
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Old 8 December 2012, 12:30 PM   #11
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Very cool! Simply amazing!
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Old 8 December 2012, 12:52 PM   #12
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That is such a cool photo. Pretty amazing!
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Old 8 December 2012, 01:16 PM   #13
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It will be interesting to see how the dark sections become lit in years to come.
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Old 8 December 2012, 01:30 PM   #14
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It's sad thar 99 percent of the population has never seen the milkyway with the naked eye. If you guys get a chance visit darksky.org.
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Old 8 December 2012, 02:37 PM   #15
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Here is a link to a much larger version of the photo.
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very interesting, thanks for sharing
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Old 9 December 2012, 02:06 AM   #17
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If you look at the red vs blue voting districts from the recent unpleasantness, it's almost the same image.
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Old 9 December 2012, 10:59 AM   #18
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Thanks! Very interesting.
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Just read an interesting article in People magazine about the oil camps in ND. Reminded me of dorm life in college.
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Old 9 December 2012, 04:18 PM   #20
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I was wondering why Winnipeg was so bright in the photo, Joey, when I first saw it. Then I realized I was way off. Amazing.
Hey, Winnipeg is so bright, gotta wear shades!
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Old 10 December 2012, 01:04 PM   #21
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Cool picture - interesting that you can basically draw a straight line down the middle of the country where the lights "stop." Can't wait to get out to the southwest in a month for a wedding to see the stars at night as they should look. I have to drive probably 2 hours west or 4 hours north to get away from the light pollution :(
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