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One Earth at Night, under One Sky
One Earth at Night, under One Sky

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José es nuestro desarrollador principal. Presenta la aplicación NightCities para Georeferencias imágenes nocturnas.
Proyecto para localizar ciudades en las imágenes nocturnas de la Estación Espacial Internacional. Es muy fácil y nos ayudarás en un proyecto científico. Más info en http://www.citiesatnight.org/index_ES.html 

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Thanks to +European Space Agency, ESA  
Argentina and The Netherlands taken at night from space. Images from crowd-sourced light pollution project Cities At Night. 

http://www.citiesatnight.org

#Argentina   #TheNetherlands #WorldCup14   #CitizenScience  
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The favourite pastime of many astronauts on the International Space Station is gazing at the beauty of their home planet. They often remark that it is difficult to pinpoint cities or other manmade features during daytime as they circle Earth at 28 800 km/h.
Wait until night, however, and the lights in our cities stand out sharply from the blackness of the sea and countryside.
The lights we turn on in our houses at night and the lights we use to illuminate public areas also shine upwards, revealing where humans have settled on our planet. NASA astronaut Don Pettit said that each city shows a characteristic ‘signature’ at night, with motorways and airports clearly marked out.
... This image was taken in 2012 using ESA’s Nightpod camera aid that compensates for the motion of the Station. The target stays firmly centred in frame so the final image is in focus. Astronauts can set up the device to take ultra-sharp images automatically using off-the-shelf cameras from 400 km up.

Follow @esaoperations and ESA’s Flickr account for weekly new pictures of Earth’s bright lights and big cities.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Dragon_lights 

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Eastern Coast of United States at Night

One of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the +International Space Station took this nighttime photograph of much of the eastern (Atlantic) coast of the United States. Large metropolitan areas and other easily recognizable sites from the Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C. area spanning almost to Rhode Island are visible in the scene. Boston is just out of frame at right. Long Island and the Greater Metropolitan area of New York City are visible in the lower right quadrant. Large cities in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) are near center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.

Source: http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2013/02/eastern-coast-of-united-states-at-night.html
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Recognise this city at night? This photo was taken from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Kevin Ford using ESA's #Nightpod.

Nightpod is a motorised tripod developed by ESA that compensates for the motion of the Space Station by tracking single points on Earth automatically. The subject stays centred in frame so the final image is in focus.

More Nightpod photos including Berlin, Cairo, Kiev and Milan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/esa_events/sets/72157632269592066/with/8280487559/

Credits: ESA/NASA
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This patchwork of light is Milan, Italy, seen from space at night. An astronaut on the International Space Station took this picture from 400 km above Earth traveling at speeds of 28 800 km/h.

Read more:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/europeanspaceagency/12654588753/

#Milan   #Italy   #Nightpod   #ISS  
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Tokyo, Japan at Night | International Space Station
An image that reminds us of the opening scene of the manga film classic Akira, this futuristic night-time shot of the capital of Japan was taken in 2012 from the International Space Station.

Tokyo’s sprawling metropolis is illuminated by streetlights emitting the characteristic blue hue of Asian cities. The brightest white lights in the city centre show a large black spot where the Imperial palace and garden take up a large part of Chiyoda ward.

The bright lights are made more remarkable by the blackness of Tokyo bay where lights from boats reveal the only sign of human presence. More than 13 million inhabitants live in the Tokyo prefecture spreading out over 2000 km2, but they have not started living in Tokyo bay, yet.

ESA’s Nightpod camera aid helps astronauts track objects on Earth from the International Space Station. Following Earth’s motion automatically, the tripod creates clear images in low lights with off-the-shelf professional cameras – 400 km above our planet in space.

Credit: ESA/NASA

+NASA +European Space Agency, ESA 

#Japan #Tokyo #東京 #ESA #Earth #Night #ISS #Astronaut #Asia   #日本国
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