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We've all seen photos of London before, but this one was snapped from 250 miles above the Earth's surface by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is hurtling round and round the planet aboard the International Space Station at the moment. This is what London looks like from the station. Showing the metropolis at night the orbital shot …

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great photo

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Yes, a great photo, but at first glance, I thought it was a broken touch screen! :-D

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What are the blue dots? Anyone know?

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Noise on the sensor, probably.

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Fly spots on the ISS's window. Of the blue crap space fly, obviously.

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OOPS! Forgot to turn off the heads-up sights for the ICBMs.

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If it's a bog standard camera (or even if it isn't) then they're probably radiation interference. Even a height of 240 miles makes quite a difference to the level of radiation that you're subjected to.

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It's noise from the sensor. Given the speed that they would be passing over, a long exposure shot wouldn't be an option (without some sort of tracking camera mount), so they would've needed to crank up the ISO (gain) on the sensor in order to get a usable shutter speed.

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Certainly not noise to my eye. I'm with the cosmic rays! The four conspicuous blobs over central & east London are particularly intriguing. Wonder why the blue hue. Highest gain on that signal overwhelms the green & red components?

Hope we get to see the original!

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Re: Blue dots

It's the Tardis materialising at various points in its own timestream, but simultaneously relative to us.

If you look at the full resolution image, you can see Troughton & Zoe browsing rubber cat suits in a Soho shop whilst Colin Baker is embarrassing Perry in Speakers' Corner by heckling the lunatics.

Meanwhile, in the south, you'll notice Ace setting light to a furniture store during the Croydon riots, much to the consternation of McCoy, who only took her there to help choose a new armchair for his recently redesigned console room. Immediately after that, he dumped her back in Perivale and went to John Lewis instead, leading us nicely into the TV movie.

It's all on Wikipedia.

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Blue dots...

They wouldn't be aircraft, perchance, approaching Heathrow or London city? There are quite a few, which might make sense. Some kind of heat-sensing interference? Just a wild guess....

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Fly spots on the ISS's window. Of the blue crap space fly, obviously.

Yup. Lazy bastard couldn't even be bothered to wind down the window and wipe 'em off.

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"so much of history came from this brightly-lit city."

so much of history came from the country whose capital is this brightly-lit city. - fixed that

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So much of history came from the "people" that lived in the country whose capital is this brightly-lit city. Although those same people were not necessarily citizens of that same country or from that same city - fixed that.

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Chip on your shoulder much? London is an awesome city with an awesome history, it isn't its fault it makes you feel insignificent.

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@Mike

>Chip on your shoulder much

I doubt it, I lived for there for a few years.

Lets have a quick look at the word history.

"The study of past events, particularly in human affairs".

The "People" are what create history. London is what it is because of the "People" that live there, the City itself is just another city. it's the same for all of the cities in the world.

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I was actually aiming at the post above yours. As far as distinguishing between the place and the population, I think that when you talk about a city (or indeed a country), it is pretty obvious that you are referring to the place and its inhabitants, not just the geography.

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At the same time you can argue the people are who they are because of where they live, all cities are to some extent unique in their location. London's location allowed it to become a great trading centre by dint of the river Thames, this trade led to much of the history that the people of London created. E.g. the East India Company, the Hudson Bay Company etc. which then helped shape North America and the Indian Sub-Continent.

If they'd lived in Madrid it's less likely they would have traded as it was poorly located for that not being on a major waterway. And although Spain had an empire there was less of a trade aspect to it and more of an 'invade the place and take the gold' approach.

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@mike2R

London is indeed a great city - but much of what people think of as 'London's' history derives from people from all parts of Britain -it may appear to outsiders that it came from London but on the whole it passed through London.

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But even just considered as a city, London has a great deal of history. Its the formost city in Europe (in my obviously unbiased opinion...). Hell its been around twice as long as there has been a country of England.

I can understand why people get annoyed at London-centric views, but I think you've fallen into the trap of dismissing it to much. I might have made that point a little less snarkily however - not enough cofee for 9:30am.

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London is pretty meh

And I say this as somebody who owns his own house somewhere on that photo, has lived there for eight years or so now and will continue to do so for the forseeable.

It's not a bad city, I certainly have no major problems with it, but as major international cities go it's pretty much an also-ran IMHO. Most of the people who live here and love it so much haven't traveled enough to experience proper cities, so spend most of their lives with their heads rammed firmly up London's arse. Don't get me wrong it's not bad - it's just not that amazing either!

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Re: London is pretty meh

Do you live in Penge?

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Which leads me to brelieve you have never been there!

it's a toilet.

the people who live there are insane.

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Re: London is pretty meh

"Do you live in Penge?"

I hear it's very nice, but I've never been there myself.

Mine's a pint of Large please Neville.

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Nope, I live in one of the supposedly "nice" suburban bits. Penge does have the "incorrect dinosaurs" in Crystal Palace park though.

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@SkippyBing

And although Spain had an empire there was less of a trade aspect to it and more of an 'invade the place and take the gold' approach.

And what do you think the East India and Hudson Bay Companies were? Some sort of benevolent societies?

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Doesn't everywhere technically have exactly the same amount of history? Call me pedantic if you must.

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Not benevolent societies no, trading companies, e.g 'we'll give you these nice wool blankets in exchange for some of those beaver pelts and maybe syphilis'. As opposed to 'show us the city of gold or we kill you, oh and have syphilis on the house'.

You do get what the word trade means don't you?

I'm not saying the distinction was that clear cut but certainly the trading companies from the UK were more interested in the trade aspect than the various expeditions sent from Spain.

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Cue enviro-tards...

...with screams of "so much light pollution! Won't someone think of the...errr...badgers!"

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Re: Cue enviro-tards...

I have a hughe disdain for light pollution. Us skywatchers loath it, and I have to travel a significant distant to get some view on Andromeda. No backward watching for me :(...

I think its mostly skywatchers though, never saw many environmental activists going after the light, they have more important priorities.

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Re: Cue enviro-tards... @ Pepper

I think you are correct it is mostly skywatchers who complain about the light pollution. Nobody bothers to look at the sky anymore. Your point about the environmental activists is funny though, a huge amount of electricity is needed to light up all the bulbs and if they could get rid of them (or at least a lot of them) it would probably do more towards their goals than anything they are doing now.

Of course you'll have the people who are afraid of the dark coming out of the woodwork claiming that lights keep them safe.

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Re: Cue enviro-tards...

If all those lights were switched off for a minute, Londoners would see Hadfield gently gliding across the Heavens...

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Re: Cue enviro-tards... @ Pepper

Sounds like Ray Bradbury - "Fahrenheit 451".....

"I think you are correct it is mostly skywatchers who complain about the light pollution. Nobody bothers to look at the sky anymore. Your point about the environmental activists is funny though, a huge amount of electricity is needed to light up all the bulbs and if they could get rid of them (or at least a lot of them) it would probably do more towards their goals than anything they are doing now."

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Re: Cue enviro-tards...

@Jim59

More like "whooshing across the heavens". The ISS moves at a hell of a lick.

Phil.

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Re: Cue enviro-tards...

Rural Cornwall is good.

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There's even some sort of 'turn of your lights' day if I recall. I do remember seeing a very informative video on light pollution, energy use etc made by a local skywatchers group at a uni. They made it for the board of directors with the argument that there was too much light on the campus. It made a good point about costs though. Bloody expensive lighting up the local neighbourhood, especially without any use 99% of the time. And yes, I know I spend a part of almost each night outside.

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You can see our house from up there!

Just... it's in that blob of light just to the left as the M1 leaves the frame... probably in the topmost row of pixels!

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Re: You can see our house from up there!

Mine too, top left corner.

Should have got the scope out yesterday evening, it was the first clear evening for ages.

Chris

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Re: You can see our house from up there!

Do you two live next door to me or something?

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Vulture Central cannot quite be glimpsed in the image - even in the large version - but we are sort of on the left of the bright bit north of the river.

Erm... ain't that the Queen's gaff? Something you're not telling us Lester?

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First ever space album?

Sounds like a nice idea, but I hope he takes his other expedition members into account and doesn't overdo it. cooped up in a cramped space station with a wannabe crooner for several months? There's definite potential for his guitar to 'fall' and break.*

*Yes, even in zero g. Call it a spatial anomaly if you want to.

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Re: First ever space album?

His first single will be called 'Ommmmmm'

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Re: First ever space album?

Kryten: "Well, at least Mr Lister's Guitar survived intact"

Cat: {grabs} {breaks}

Kryten: "Not even Mr Lister's Guitar survived intact"

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Question is ...

Why was the "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/07/astronaut_photos_london_from_space/" page 404 for a couple hours?

That's gonna drive the conspiracytards absolutely nuts!

Well played, ElReg, well played. This round's on me :-)

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Made me realise

Just how big Heathrow is...

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That you can fit two Isle of Dogs into the same space.

Maidenhead shows up well too - just.

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I don't want to seem ungrateful but...

the picture is "wonky" and it aggravates my OCD.

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Re: I don't want to seem ungrateful but...

There there... Just look at any US Midwestern city, and your OCD will be soothed. Nice grid of roads, extending out into the country on a nice mile by mile grid of sectional roads.

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Mushroom

Giant speaker stacks...

Hadfield likes to play his guitar in the ISS

Presumably his songs are very simple and follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath a silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.

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Re: Giant speaker stacks...

and if had been written by Paul McCartney would have set him up for several lifetimes...

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