North East Power Outage 2003 Satellite Images

I finally managed to find satellite images of the before and after city-lights of North Eastern USA during the power outage at GlobalSecurity.Org. I spent ages when it happened trying to find these images at the time and eventually gave up. The images were made by the orbiting Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite.

"The DMSP is a Department of Defense (DoD) program run by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellites carry the Operational Linescan System (OLS) in low-altitude polar orbits. These satellites record nighttime data. The Operational Linescan System has a unique low-light imaging capability developed for the detection of clouds using moonlight. In addition to moonlit clouds, the OLS also detects lights from human settlements,fires, gas flares, heavily lit fishing boats, lightning and the aurora. It is possible to distinguish four primary types of lights present at the earth's surface: human settlements, fires, gas flares, and fishing boats."

Posted by Paul at August 27, 2003 02:00 AM |

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