national satellite night adirondacks highlight

new york satellite night

national population density adirondacks highlight

The darkness just to the north

new york satellite night small

The circle marks the Adirondacks.

After Katie's question about places to stargaze, Jim commented today (emphasis added):

If you look at the night satellite photo of the North American continent, you see huge amounts of lights all along the East & West coasts. But - there is a big dark area, where there are few electric lights, which is great for stargazing - & that is the Adirondack Park. Head into the park, the more in the middle the better. We see great stars from Lake George on up. I remember a night we were on Little Tupper Lake (used to be in the Whitney estate) floating in canoes, seeing the Milky Way bright enough to be reflected in the water, listening to loons - & being stunned by the Perseids. Super dark sky, great show.

So we pulled the satellite imagery from NASA and annotated it. A small version is above. Much bigger versions -- of New York State and the United States -- are after the jump.

There's also another 2005 NASA map that highlights how low the human population density is in the Adirondacks.

Bonus bit: economists have been using this satellite imagery to study economic development.

Scroll all the way up to the large format images.

satellite image: Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC
population density map: NASA image by Robert Simmon, based on data archived by the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center

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Its posts like this that keep me coming here. Keep the solid content coming.

The lights are still on in Buffalo?

Wow - beautiful maps, and interesting post.

As i have said before my family started going to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks since WW2. One cool summer night my mom took me to see shooting stars from a hill side street. It was an awesome event!

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