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Astronomy Picture of the Day_ USA's Northeast Megalopolis from Space
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Image Credit: NASA, International Space Station

Article taken from: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

: Can you identify a familiar area in the northeast USA just from nighttime lights? It might be possible because many major cities are visible, including (right to left) New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond and Norfolk -- Boston of the USA's Northeast megalopolis is not pictured. The featured image was taken in 2012 from the International Space Station. In the foreground are two Russian cargo ships with prominent solar panels. This Northeast megalopolis of the USA contains almost 20 percent of the people of the USA but only about 2 percent of the land area. Also known also as the Northeast Corridor and part of the Eastern Seaboard, about 10 percent of the world's largest companies are headquartered here. The near continuity of the lights seem to add credence to the 1960s-era prediction that the entire stretch is evolving into one continuous city.


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There is urban sprawl within the Northeast Corridor, but having us all concentrated this way does spare much of the landscape. For instance, if you head west from Philadelphia, within 25 miles of downtown you are in the rolling countryside.

On the other hand, North Jersey, caught between Philadelphia and NYC, seems to specialize in strip shopping centers and tank farms. Not attractive.

I worry about New Jersey's wetlands, caught right in the middle of the megalopolis. FanSee

Being a part of it, you see it differently than I do. I see the pretty not being aable to much distinguish one large glow-glob from another. And see? now you've got me worrying about New Jersey's wetlands when I didn't really even know New Jersey had wetlands. Sheesh :)

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