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A simulation of Day and Night from Space

I received this image through email from a friend with the following text:

 

"

THIS PHOTO IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.

 

IT IS HISTORIC TOO, AS THIS IS THE LAST MISSION FOR COLUMBIA. 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 Africa when 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 Strait of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the AzoresIslands; 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 VerdeIslands.

 

Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during Daytime and night time. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen."

 

But it is believed that this is a fake image.

 

DISCLAIMER:

 

I AM NOT THE OWNER/CREATER OF THIS IMAGE. UPLOADED HERE JUST TO SHARE AN EMAIL FROM A FRIEND AS I FOUND IT INTERESTING. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS BEING FAKE/COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGE ETC ETC.

  

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Uploaded on January 19, 2006