Saturday, September 24, 2005

Night and Day

Today when I checked my email after ages I found this interesting forward. It's quite fascinating actually! I hope all you guys also enjoy it. :)
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 Sahara Desert. Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that 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 Azores Islands; 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 Verde Islands. Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during day time and night time. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.

9 comments:

Manish said...

What a great sharing PR with nice explaination! Thx a lot
I immediately saved the pic in my PC !:)

Phoenix Rises said...

Hey! Glad you like it!
And what a coincidence! I just left a comment on your blog!! Hehe! :D

Squared said...

But shouldnt the shadow be from east to west rather than north to south??

Phoenix Rises said...

But the sahdow is from east to west isn't it? Now I'm confused!

AmitKen said...

awesome picture :)

Arz000n said...

Just an amazing pic :)

PuNeEt said...

Awesome pic...

That explanation is also too good...

Cheers

Me said...

the picture was brilliantly taken...
BTW : I've sent you a mail...plz check ur mailbox.

Abhijeet said...

some real,
some, not so, real

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/tests/hoaxphotoanswers4.html

-abhijeet