"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunshine State Without the Sunshine: An ISS Image

Those with a keen eye for detail will notice the below photo is actually upside down. I intentionally flipped it before posting. You can see it with the dizzying space-based orientation at NASA’s photo gallery.

This image was taken from the International Space Station during the recent holiday season. As should be obvious, this is Florida at night. Clearly visible cities include Miami, Tampa and Orlando. And you can easily make out Cape Canaveral peeling away from the mainland at middle right. Also note how the veiny sprawl of freeway culture is evident.

For fun, I suggest opening a second browser window and comparing this photo to the satellite version in Google Maps. That's why I flipped it 180 degrees. Use the search term "Florida" and zoom as needed. It's the most cartographic fun I've had since 8th Grade Geography Class!

Florida as seen from the ISS, Image Credit: NASA


  1. Beautiful! "veiny sprawl of freeway culture"... LOL, nicely put ;)

  2. Thank ya! Okay, Friend. I just finished reading "Contact" last night. What have you read for me lately?