The Earth never sleeps
The new images released Wednesday are courtesy of a newly launched NASA-NOAA satellite that's equipped with a sensor to observe the planet at night.
There's the Nile River bathed in city lights. A map of the United States shows the populated East Coast illuminated. Light from fishing boats can be pinpointed.
The satellite also captured the glow from natural sources including moonlight, northern lights and naturally-occurring fires.
After Superstorm Sandy made landfall in late October, hard-hit New Jersey, lower Manhattan and the Rockaways appeared dark in the satellite images compared with surrounding areas. This was the result of widespread power outages.
Critical thinking challenge: Look at the outline of the United States in the large photo, above. Which cluster of lights represents the largest city closest to where you live?
Define this word: auroras
- Posted on December 6, 2012
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