Eastern Two-Thirds of U.S. at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 01/29/12)

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This north-looking nighttime panorama of much of the land mass of the eastern two-thirds of the contiguous United States was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station as it was moving over the Gulf of Mexico on Jan. 29, 2012. In this series, the 24-mm images cover the area from the Atlantic Coast (right) to the eastern edge of the southwestern states and the western Gulf of Mexico. Most of the Florida peninsula is easily recognizable at right edge. The lights of dozens of large metropolitan areas are visible.

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  1. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Spectacular image.

  2. giorgosgrigoriadis16 37 months ago | reply

    amazing how so light effect our lives , magnificent work !!!!!!!

  3. dodagp 37 months ago | reply

    Spellbinding night catch !!!
    Looks like a celestial map or an overflowing starry sky,doesn't it ?

  4. Light Echoes 37 months ago | reply

    Amazing image!

  5. pauline.kehoe 37 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture.

  6. Salaatti 37 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot!

  7. s.arrigoni 37 months ago | reply

    very nice shot!

  8. rockerswitch [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Really good, i love these type of images. Its amazing to see the atmosphere like that, such a thin bubble of air keeping us all alive! quite scary how fragile it must be. Great to see part of the station at the top, too! Thanks for posting

  9. valleyhead 37 months ago | reply

    this is really a fantastic image!

  10. langfooo 37 months ago | reply

    Wow that is truly an amazing image.


  11. mizan♫ 37 months ago | reply

    very beautiful picture...

  12. BlueFairlane 37 months ago | reply

    I think some of the cities are misidentified in the notes. What the notes call Montgomery is Birmingham; what they call Birmingham is Nashville; what they call Huntsville is Louisville. Indianapolis and Cincinnati are just above and to the left and right of Louisville. And I think you just get a hint of Chicago at the edge. Memphis is identified correctly, and St. Louis is just above it. Little Rock is the bright spot toward the left of Memphis.

  13. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 37 months ago | reply

    Thank you, very much!

    It does, Doda -- I like that...overflowing with stars... :)

    I agree -- it just looks so fragile and delicate to be so critical to well-being on Earth. My pleasure to post these, as long as everyone enjoys them. :)

    I'll have to defer to Chris on that one -- he's the person who's kind enough to take time to annotate these for us. :)

  14. dsim68 28 months ago | reply

    I love this picture, but my home city (Birmingham) is labled incorrectly along with (Montgomery)

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