Light Pollution NW

Having attempted to take images of the ISS from here in the North-West of England, I thought I would post a picture taken looking back at Manchester from on-board the ISS. The image (below) was taken during mission ISS010 on 19th November 2004 at 19:21 GMT. You can see Manchester glowing away in the centre surrounded by Liverpool (upper left), Crewe (bottom centre), Sheffield (bottom right), Leeds and Bradford (right). You can even make out the M62 motorway joining Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. In case you were wondering, I live just below the very brightest dot in the centre of the picture.

The UKs North-west from the ISS at night

Light pollution in the north-west of England see from on-board the ISS (ISS010-E-7733) CREDIT: Image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Now think about how much electricity is being wasted to light up the night sky. Help to reduce carbon emissions, save money and improve your chances of seeing the Milky Way in one easy step; turn off some of those unnecessary lights!

For loads of other great images taken by astronauts on the ISS and the Shuttle go to the Gateway to Astronaut Photography.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 20th Oct 2005 (23:08 UTC) | Permalink
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