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(NASA)   Normal people thoughts: "Oh, what wonder and majesty." Geek thoughts: "I bet this is what Superman sees"   (apod.nasa.gov) divider line 31
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2013-04-09 07:21:05 AM  
The video itself is a bit old...but, it's still cool to see storms and the aurorae from above.
 
2013-04-09 07:26:05 AM  
Get the live stream from ISS now.

Live urine sampling going on now.
 
2013-04-09 07:37:12 AM  
Why do pictures of mudballs excite you nerds? Clearly the future is in dead frozen rocks with nothing on them.
 
2013-04-09 07:46:27 AM  
The caption says its Earth. However, the land masses pictured don't correspond to Earth's land masses. Something's strange here. What could it be?
 
2013-04-09 07:54:03 AM  
What is, "Lois Lane nekkid under her clothes"?
 
2013-04-09 07:59:53 AM  

AlanSmithee: The caption says its Earth. However, the land masses pictured don't correspond to Earth's land masses. Something's strange here. What could it be?


Yes, it does.

Starting at 0:48, you are above the mid-west heading towards Florida, and you zoom out over Cuba and into the Caribbean.

Another very excellent sequence is at 1:04 or so, where you start out over Great Britain, fly over France and Germany with Italy to the right, you end up over Turkey, then Cyprus, over the Med to Israel, and off into the Middle East.
 
2013-04-09 08:03:48 AM  

AlanSmithee: The caption says its Earth. However, the land masses pictured don't correspond to Earth's land masses. Something's strange here. What could it be?


Your limited capacity to map a Mercator projection back onto a sphere?
 
2013-04-09 08:18:19 AM  
Good.  It looks like our golden shield still works.
 
2013-04-09 08:20:10 AM  
And a kick in the groin to webmaster for putting a picture of a dog for the "rousing" music. What if I wanted to, you know, KNOW what the music is?
 
2013-04-09 08:26:47 AM  
Hah! I was wondering what Aquaman sees
 
2013-04-09 08:36:17 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: And a kick in the groin to webmaster for putting a picture of a dog for the "rousing" music. What if I wanted to, you know, KNOW what the music is?


You'd probably look at the "Music: Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell)" line.
 
2013-04-09 08:45:51 AM  

heypete: Quantum Apostrophe: And a kick in the groin to webmaster for putting a picture of a dog for the "rousing" music. What if I wanted to, you know, KNOW what the music is?

You'd probably look at the "Music: Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell)" line.


Humm? I must not be braining right this morning. More tea.
 
2013-04-09 08:58:40 AM  

notmtwain: Get the live stream from ISS now.

Live urine sampling going on now.


So it's a stream within a stream. :) No, but thanks for that
 
2013-04-09 09:04:33 AM  
That's a lot of lightning.
 
2013-04-09 09:53:39 AM  
I was thinking this is proof that Green Lanterns exist.
 
2013-04-09 10:04:13 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: What is, "Lois Lane nekkid under her clothes"?


He doesn't need X-ray vision for that...I mean, he might've for a while but then they got hitched but DC decided let's reboot the whole universe and...

/Fark DC
 
2013-04-09 10:25:06 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: AlanSmithee: The caption says its Earth. However, the land masses pictured don't correspond to Earth's land masses. Something's strange here. What could it be?

Your limited capacity to map a Mercator projection back onto a sphere?


My (informed) guesses were (0:10) west coast US going south/south east over central and then south america, at 0:48 it is Florida then Cuba and the Caribbean, 0:57 I wasn't sure of as there didn't seem to be much in the way of coastline I could identify, but it was similar to flying over northern India at night, so maybe there, 1:04 was the easiest one - starting with southern UK it goes over france, germany, switzerland, italy, greece, turkey and israel and then syria/iran (plus dozens of others you can see towards the edges of the image of course). After 1:25 not much land is visible but presumably for the lights to show without much land visible it is in the southern hemisphere over either the south atlantic, southern pacific or generally in the area of the southern ocean (although I don't think the ISS goes as far as 60 degrees, so not literally).
 
2013-04-09 10:28:19 AM  

xria: Quantum Apostrophe: AlanSmithee: The caption says its Earth. However, the land masses pictured don't correspond to Earth's land masses. Something's strange here. What could it be?

Your limited capacity to map a Mercator projection back onto a sphere?

My (informed) guesses were (0:10) west coast US going south/south east over central and then south america, at 0:48 it is Florida then Cuba and the Caribbean, 0:57 I wasn't sure of as there didn't seem to be much in the way of coastline I could identify, but it was similar to flying over northern India at night, so maybe there, 1:04 was the easiest one - starting with southern UK it goes over france, germany, switzerland, italy, greece, turkey and israel and then syria/iran (plus dozens of others you can see towards the edges of the image of course). After 1:25 not much land is visible but presumably for the lights to show without much land visible it is in the southern hemisphere over either the south atlantic, southern pacific or generally in the area of the southern ocean (although I don't think the ISS goes as far as 60 degrees, so not literally).


I have one of these

farthestreaches.com

so I've had some practice.
 
2013-04-09 10:32:46 AM  
All Alone in the Night


It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace...

i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-09 10:51:18 AM  
Started watching the vid then recalled how Subby set it up.  +11
 
2013-04-09 12:01:34 PM  
Now if only someone could come up with a bulb that would turn daylight to darkness.
 
2013-04-09 12:41:00 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Why do pictures of mudballs excite you nerds? Clearly the future is in dead frozen rocks with nothing on them.


Soon, anyone will be able to 3-D print their own asteroid mining drone, fully fueled and ready to reap the near-infinite riches of the asteroid belt.

/you seem grumpy today
//yeah, this isn't going to help
 
2013-04-09 12:48:57 PM  

StokeyBob: Now if only someone could come up with a bulb that would turn daylight to darkness.


Easy, just remove the darkon absorbers.
 
2013-04-09 01:27:14 PM  
Really REALLY geeky thought: "Hah, I love that NASA is using the music from the Star Trek 2009 movie trailer."
 
2013-04-09 01:36:53 PM  
Geez, I was doing a setup for an "It's Aliens" jpg
:(
 
2013-04-09 01:39:11 PM  
My god... it's full of streetlights...
 
2013-04-09 01:56:28 PM  
Turns out I'm normal.
 
2013-04-09 02:39:13 PM  
Yes
 
2013-04-09 03:23:41 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Quantum Apostrophe: Why do pictures of mudballs excite you nerds? Clearly the future is in dead frozen rocks with nothing on them.

Soon, anyone will be able to 3-D print their own asteroid mining drone, fully fueled and ready to reap the near-infinite riches of the asteroid belt.

/you seem grumpy today
//yeah, this isn't going to help


Hey, I like your style, you've captured the Space Nutter "thought" process. Near-infinite riches was a good touch. I would have added "of the same stuff we already have here", but your way works too.
 
2013-04-09 03:57:09 PM  
Orion rising around 1:45 is sweet.
 
2013-04-09 04:05:26 PM  

gilatrout: Hah! I was wondering what Aquaman sees

do-while.com
 
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