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(Gizmodo)   Check out this US map showing the constellation of city lights and the highways that connect them   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 35
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2014-04-16 11:04:39 PM  
Wyoming: Come for the wind and.... well, that's about it.
 
2014-04-16 11:19:14 PM  
There's certainly a stark contrast between east and west of the Mississippi. It's why I live out west.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2014-04-16 11:47:06 PM  
Pretty cool.
 
2014-04-17 12:23:52 AM  
Montana looks like Best Korea at night.
 
2014-04-17 01:13:17 AM  
Thanks, Subby, for showing the aliens where they can scoop up probe-ees
 
2014-04-17 02:07:19 AM  

phlegmmo: Wyoming: Come for the wind and.... well, that's about it.



i274.photobucket.com

Frowns upon your Wyoming-hating shenanigans.
 
2014-04-17 03:48:24 AM  
Streetlight people.
-J-
 
2014-04-17 03:49:08 AM  
the US looks like its about 50% best korea at night. neat.
 
2014-04-17 04:52:58 AM  
Wow, look at all that light pollution.
 
2014-04-17 04:57:21 AM  
CA has ~12% of the total US population ... but it doesn't look that bright ... what gives.
 
2014-04-17 05:05:21 AM  

lordargent: CA has ~12% of the total US population ... but it doesn't look that bright ... what gives.


Maybe Californians aren't very bright...
 
2014-04-17 05:16:14 AM  
Were they having a fireworks show in North Dakota that night? I'm confused.
 
2014-04-17 06:24:32 AM  

Cobblestone Flag: Were they having a fireworks show in North Dakota that night? I'm confused.


TFA is your friend. That's the Bakken oil field.

A 21st century boom town with the population of a major city and none of the infrastructure to support it.
 
Skr
2014-04-17 06:25:53 AM  

Cobblestone Flag: Were they having a fireworks show in North Dakota that night? I'm confused.


I had heard it was the oil/natural gas rigs lighting up North Dakota. Whether it was burn off or work lighting I do not recall.

Interesting to see the light pollution in the Twin Cities, MN area. I knew it was bad but that picture puts it in better perspective.

As a side note, a map like this would be an excellent reference for star gazing.
 
2014-04-17 06:28:26 AM  
WTF, California? Forgot to pay the electric bill?
 
2014-04-17 06:38:46 AM  
California is very much desolate except in the major population centers: the bay area and LA area. Everything else is pretty much podunk there. But if you do go.... visit Joshua Tree. Holy cow. Nobody was manning the gates so admission was free. Camping was self-pay at around $10 or whatever and the sites are nestled mostly in rocky coves. Like moonscape. And the night sky. It was beautiful.
 
2014-04-17 07:09:57 AM  
I could have sworn that there was a road between Las Vegas and Reno..
 
2014-04-17 07:18:43 AM  
How neat!  Welcome to the 1990s. It's gonna be a cool decade.
 
2014-04-17 07:58:37 AM  
What's with the big cluster of lights in North Dakota?
 
2014-04-17 08:00:36 AM  

crab66: What's with the big cluster of lights in North Dakota?


If only there was some text accompanying the picture to answer your question...an article, if you would, that you could read. Oh well, opportunity missed.
 
2014-04-17 08:30:32 AM  

powhound: But if you do go.... visit Joshua Tree.


What an overrated album....
 
2014-04-17 08:51:16 AM  

starsrift: Wow, look at all that light pollution.


You spell freedom oddly
 
2014-04-17 09:11:40 AM  

ryarger: Cobblestone Flag: Were they having a fireworks show in North Dakota that night? I'm confused.

TFA is your friend. That's the Bakken oil field.

A 21st century boom town with the population of a major city and none of the infrastructure to support it.


I presume that the patch of light south of San Antonio is also oil fields...

*Googles*

Ah, the "Eagle Ford" shale, apparently.
 
2014-04-17 09:13:41 AM  
Did anyone ask why there are lights in western North Dakota yet? It is certainly a mystery.
 
2014-04-17 09:33:33 AM  
I know it was settled east to west, but I still find it interesting to note how the biggest cities and densest urban populations are still overwhelmingly on the east coast.  I guess dysentery got more settlers than I thought...
 
2014-04-17 09:50:15 AM  
This guy did physically what anyone who has a working knowledge of US geography has done with the original image mentally.


The dividing line of the country between east and west used to be the Mississippi River - in the Age of Interstates, its now I-35
 
2014-04-17 09:53:59 AM  

YodaBlues: crab66: What's with the big cluster of lights in North Dakota?

If only there was some text accompanying the picture to answer your question...an article, if you would, that you could read. Oh well, opportunity missed.


People read the articles?
 
2014-04-17 10:32:07 AM  

Psychopusher: I know it was settled east to west, but I still find it interesting to note how the biggest cities and densest urban populations are still overwhelmingly on the east coast.  I guess dysentery got more settlers than I thought...


The advent of Air Conditioning is basically what allowed us to settle the majority of the Southwest.  Before that, it was just too hot to really settle there, so that may be another reason that it just is not settled as much.

Oh, and availability of water/waterways.
 
2014-04-17 10:57:37 AM  
I'm moving to Arizona in a few months. It looks perfect. Desolate and far removed from humanity.
 
2014-04-17 11:37:58 AM  
Streetlight, people, moving down the boulevard...
 
2014-04-17 12:21:54 PM  
darksky.org

I'm not sure any of that is actual FACT by the way, but what I do know is putting some simple shielding on lights so they focus the light downward and not everywhere wouldn't do anything but make the sky much easier to look at.  Car dealerships, I'm looking right at you.

www.wec.ufl.edu
 
2014-04-17 12:52:37 PM  

LoneDoggie: [darksky.org image 850x637]

I'm not sure any of that is actual FACT by the way, but what I do know is putting some simple shielding on lights so they focus the light downward and not everywhere wouldn't do anything but make the sky much easier to look at.  Car dealerships, I'm looking right at you.

[www.wec.ufl.edu image 454x250]


http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/">http://www.jshine.net/ast ronomy/dark_sky/
 
2014-04-17 02:52:05 PM  

TopoGigo: WTF, California? Forgot to pay the electric bill?


1) They have pretty over-the-top conservation laws.  I get why, but over-the-top.
2) You know how CA has awesome weather?  That's basically a strip along the coast.  The Central Valley is dry and routinely over 100 (or below freezing).  And of course, there's the high desert outside of LA.    Combine that with all the money being in SF and LA, and yay for stupid population density in the actually livable areas.
3) And then most of the state is mountains or high desert.
4) And of course, NIMBY's mean that you can't actually build anything anywhere, even in the high-density areas.
 
2014-04-17 02:53:33 PM  
The first picture is centered on Arkansas! I can see my house!
 
2014-04-17 11:44:16 PM  
The west looks like North Korea, oh wait it's mostly owned by the feds.....
 
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