Monday, October 01, 2007

in the news

Papal Stargazers Reach for Heaven

Watching Full Moon Rise Over the Northeast Corridor

Now, a Dollar (Canadian) Is Really Worth a Dollar (U.S.)

Silence, Outrage and Tears as Debacle at Shea Slowly Sinks In

U.S. Is Top Arms Seller to Developing World

Giuliani Inspires Threat of a Third-Party Run

Finally, in the latest issue (November 2007) of Sky & Telescope Magazine, I learned about a very cool new feature added recently to Google Earth. Light pollution is a persistent problem for night observation and unfortunately, the situation isn't improving with the continued growth in urban sprawl. But at least with Google Earth's new feature, "Earth City Lights," users can view 3-D NASA night satellite imagery of the entire planet and then, zoom in searching for a nearby locale that's free of light pollution. Curious, I used this new feature to look at both Glacier National Park and the Adirondacks. The former seems to be completely free of light pollution whereas the latter has just a blip.

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