Originally posted by PaperbackWriter
Originally posted by aRogue
Photos are fake, Australia is no where near as lit up like that lol... Nice try nasa.
They all look fake to me.
Like some sort of digital reproduction of some sort.
Why on Earth would the Earth be blue where not "lit"?
Supposedly taken on some Moonless night, no doubt. LoL.
They appear decidedly cartoonish and yes, I would say the "error" in Australia probably isn't the only one.
They are not fake, but they have modified the lights to make them visible. The shots are taken in visible infrared (from green to near-infrared) and they use filtering to show dim lights such as wildfires and city lights. They are taken by Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite over 9 days in April and 13 days in October. Wildfires look so wide because they obviously move during the photo session. Same bush doesn't burn for months.
Sad but true is that from space, Earth is completely black in night side. Aliens wouldn't see us without satellites
edit on 11-12-2012 by Thebel because: (no reason given)