Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Eye Candy

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Europe at Night
Illustration Credit & Copyright: Planetary Visions Ltd.; Courtesy: Kevin M. Tildsley
Explanation: Can you find your favorite European city? The above digital fantasy of Europe at Night is a digital composite of archived satellite images taken both during the day and night. This image is different from what an astronaut would see for reasons including a complete lack of clouds and an unrealistic exaggeration of lights and contrasts. Even so, the geography underlying the image is captivating. Nighttime light patterns have been accumulated from the USAF Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)

Be sure to click on the picture to see the full-sized version.  Then take a look at this pseudofractal, then explain to me why it exists.