Picture of Black Out from Space!

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    wow...that's freaky looking...like a missing piece of the U.S... :eek:

    There's a 2 photo spread in last week's Time magazine (I believe) that compares shots from 20 hours prior to it & 7 hours after...cool stuff... :D
     
  3. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    this was in the irc chat a few days ago...quite cool...it reminds me of a few pictures my US histroy teacher showed us post 9/11....the pictures were flight paths across the US and on a egualr day there were like hundreds of thousands...you couldn't see the state lines...on 9/11 there were like 5 lines (after the attacks had taken place)
     
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    wow, pretty amazing...

    i've seen the entire globe version of the picture and that was really cool.

    took me a while to realize where the blackout was. almost looks like lake erie just got bigger. or someone Photoshopped that region with a crayon or something...
     
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    Nifty! It's like someone took a bite out of the northeast.

    The one I've seen with the entire earth shows a dark spot in N. Korea.
     
  7. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    It looks almost unsettling to look at--as if that whole region is even darker than the non-lit areas.
     
  8. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know if its residual from the jpeg or not, but even in the center of the black out there are places that have lights.

    I'm wondering if there were a couple power oases....

    D
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Thank you for posting that Mr. Anderson. It definitely causes one to stop and contemplate on that picture.
     
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    Hmmmm...Those are your survivalists with generators and eco-friendly people with off-grid solar systems?:D

    Or JPEG weirdness.
     
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    there were indeed places which had power. whether it be generator (not sure a generator powered building or two would show up in this pic), or some places had plants close to them which were able to provide them with power, just weren't able to connect to the big grid...

    or something.
     
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    Energizer...it keeps going...and going...and going...
     
  13. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you're looking at the whole continent - so its not just some guy in a shed in the woods with a generator. The lights you're seeing are from street lights and buildings - it takes a lot of light to show up in that picture. So any oases would have to be large towns.

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    Damn those communities with backup generators!

    ;)
     
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    That picture is fake

    Guys, that is a cheap photoshop work. Are you gonna tell me that the ocean is more clear than the black out? Do not come to me that the plactum generates light now.

    In the picture the only black spot is the black out, the lakes are dark blue as well as the rest of the ocean and the desertic areas of the states.

    At list I would taken the darkest color in the picture and use that to cover the east side affected, something that the kid who made it didn't think about.
     
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    Regardless of whether or not it is real, it still illustrates the blackout relatively well, enough for one to atleast sit back and ponder the pic.
     
  18. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    mymemory -- I'm pretty sure they check natural borders and that the water is a different color, but no doubt the water would have less light then even the blackedout areas.
     
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    good call...it is odd that it's darker than the ocean...

    I'm going with badly done photoshop on this one...
     
  20. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    But you also have to take into account that the water will reflect more light. If the moon was up you'd definitely get a lighter color on the image.

    And, again, it depends on the wavelength you're looking at. Most satellite imaging systems look at much more than the visible light spectrum.

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    It has to be a fake:

    1) The blackout areas are too dark--even all the cars driving around would make it more luminous than the wilderness of Canada.
    2) In the image, it looks like Lansing, MI has power--in real life they did not.
    3) My friend's parents' town in northwest New Jersey had power--this image shows northern NJ as totally black.
    4) Communities in upstate New York only lost power for a moment--again, the whole area is black here.
    5) It doesn't look anything like this pair of NOAA satellite images

    Sorry...
     
  22. RobVanDam macrumors member

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    I live in Wisconsin and have driven around the freeways and such at night.

    I seriously doubt Wisconsin would be that lit up, except for the big cities, Milwaukee and Madison.
     

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