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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gaza from Space

From Sophie Weiner at AnimalNY: 

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut living aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the Gaza Strip from space and posted it to Twitter today. The tweet reads, “My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel.”  Of course, some of this is normal nighttime lighting, although much of power is out in Gaza. Also: there is a claim that this is actually Israel and Jordan and merely shows city lights.


Adam said...

It's Israel in general. The Bay of Haifa to the right gives it away. The largest blob of light in the middle is Tel Aviv, the white blob of light at the bottom of the pic is Jerusalem. I guess the light furthest to the left is Al-Arish already. The two little lights to the left of that (above and to the right of the square light maybe) might be Gaza and Khan Yunis.

Adam said...

Actually, I think the White light at the bottom would be Amman. Jerusalem is in the middle, slightly to the left, between Amman and Tel Aviv.