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Day Night Same Time





Scorpio


The photograph attached was taken by the crew on board the Columbia
during its last mission, on a cloudless day.
The picture is of Europe and Africawhen the sun is setting.
Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are the cities' lights.

The top part of Africa is the SaharaDesert .

Note that the lights are already on in Holland , Paris , and Barcelona,
and that's it's still daylight in Dublin , London , Lisbon , and Madrid .

The sun is still shining on the Straitof Gibraltar . The Mediterranean Sea is
already in darkness.

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands;
below them to the right are the Madeira Islands ; a bit below are the
Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point
of Africa , are the Cape Verde Islands.

Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during
day time and night time.

To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.

Sorry if i had to post the picture here but this one is not a funny pic or personal pic or art based pic.
So did not fit in the other sections
-TomJ-
scorpio wrote:
The photograph was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, on a cloudless day.

Do you at what GMT or CET time the picture was taken?
Jack_Hammer
That is a really cool picture.
nilsmo
Notice how many people turn their lights off later in the night.
Jamatu
nilsmo wrote:
Notice how many people turn their lights off later in the night.

What makes you say that? It's hard to tell since certain areas have quite alot of population variety.

I really like the picture though, haven't seen one like it before.
Jaiye
that's a really sweet picture, brings back good memories of traveling across that region last year.
Soulfire
It's pretty sweet, I wonder if it was doctored or anything.
hahame
yes, it is a very rare stuff .and very beauty stuff for the science.this pic only made in space .
planet
Great pix !

Notice how them damn Dutch are burning electricity!!!!!!!! =)))
godam64
nice pic. thanks for the post.
my country have a lot of damage rain forest.
we can't afford fixing the forests.
to shame. Mad
CMA
That's a really amazing picture. Great job finding it. Wink

Can you tell us when and at what time it was taken? I'm near Lisbon so I'm a bit interested in knowing.
Punker
Dang, thats a tight pic. Great job Very Happy
-TomJ-
planet wrote:
Great pix !

Notice how them damn Dutch are burning electricity!!!!!!!! =)))
If you notice well, you'll see that the lit-up spot extends well in the German Ruhr area, into Belgium and alomost reaches Paris.
There are some d^a^r^k zones in Holland too, you know.

PS: you would not happen to bear a grudge against the Dutch, would you?
Scorpio
I am quite sure that this pic is not doctored though i cant give evidence backing that up.

If you find anything on the contrary, pls tell me.

Cannot be sure But

Date: Jan 16 - Feb 01 2003 (Mission Duration)

If i can get it i ll tell you
xkarenflowerx
wow. . it is a beautiful, profound picture. *thumbs up*
Davidgr1200
Nice picture. It also shows you how much light pollution there is at night. It confuses animals and birds and makes life difficult for astronomers. It also means that it is harder for ordinary people to see the stars as well.
ocalhoun
I find the authinticity of this picture to be suspect. Even if the sky is clear there should be some clouds somewhere. Also, the ocean is just a little too clear. The shadows on the sea floor are all wrong as well.

This picture might be authentic, but I doubt it.
Gieter
The Belgium-Holland-Ruhr area is shining! We rule! (and we can't see the stars because of the light pollution Sad)

It's a beautiful picture, that's all I can say about it.
Srs2388
i can't see a picture =(
darczeku
great picture but...it is too small lights in a Poland:D
Srs2388
argh, i hate my computer
i can't see the image
darczeku
try this mirror by me;)
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6562/collum5ea1be3dv.jpg
smartbei
A very nice picture, and could indeed be real. I had a program once that showed an earth and the daytime/nightime cycles on it...It was pretty cool. This is somewhat similar, only in real life Smile.
Srs2388
thanks for mirroring it.... the pic looks
really cool....
it almost looks unreal (not saying it isn't real)
but thanks for sharing
and awesome pic
jamura
That is a tremendous photo! I always love pix from space, but this one's especially interesting.
Scorpio
We have quite a lot of replies here
mOrpheuS
www.snopes.com/photos/sunset.asp
OR
www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/shuttlesunset.html



Urban legend. Rolling Eyes

Even as few people had valid doubts about the authenticity of this picture.


By the way, here's the full version of the picture from which this was put together
And here's the zoomed out version, look how "similar" it is to the one posted here.

Read this for more factual evidence against this hoax.
Very nicely investigated.

And here's NASA's clarification.
NASA wrote:
No single spacecraft or astronaut took this picture. It is a digital composite of archived images taken by several Earth-orbiting satellites and ocean-faring ships.

NASA wrote:
Specifically, the daytime land images were taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite, while the nighttime images were taken by the DMSP satellites. This image is different from what an astronaut would see for reasons including a complete lack of clouds and an unrealistic exaggeration of lights and contrasts. The image has become both an internet wave in that it continues to circulate as an attachment to digital correspondence, and a modern urban legend. Another image like that is Earth at Night. The reason for the image's continued popularity might be simple: it is really cool looking.



p.s. - I wonder if I've had too many chain mails ... now-a-days all I get are repeats. Laughing
windrei
is it true ?? i wonder why... ...

anyway, i like it much, can it be taken above Asia ?
tkcy
Cool, that's an interesting pic. Well i wonder when will i have the chance to visit space and take such interesting pics. Cheers! Smile
Gieter
tkcy wrote:
Cool, that's an interesting pic. Well i wonder when will i have the chance to visit space and take such interesting pics. Cheers! Smile


In 2009 you will be able to do that. A company will get you in space in about two hours, you are there for about five minutes and then the descent starts. And it costs a lot of money. So if you really set your mind to it... Wink
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