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From APOD.

Do you recognize this intriguing globular cluster of stars? It's actually the constellation of city lights surrounding London, England, planet Earth, as recorded with a digital camera from the International Space Station. Taken in February 2003, north is toward the top and slightly left in this nighttime view. The encircling "London Orbital" highway by-pass, the M25 (... but not Messier 25), is easiest to pick out south of the city. Even farther south are the lights of Gatwick airport and just inside the western (left hand) stretch of the Orbital is Heathrow (I'm a few miles south west of Heathrow). The darkened Thames river estuary fans out to the city's east. In particular, two small "dark nebulae" - Hyde Park and Regents Park - stand out slightly west of the densely packed lights at the city's core.
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On April 11th, 2003 02:52 am (UTC), vox commented:

Wow, that is impresive, it looks like some sort of star cluster you would expect to see from deep space, way cool...Hope all is well with you and your hubby and you two are taking much care...:)

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On April 11th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Whoa
Thanks, we're good. :)
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On April 11th, 2003 06:48 am (UTC), mattcallow commented:
and brighton *just* at the bottom.

v. cool...
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On April 11th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I didn't realize you could see Brighton as well.

Not bad for a digital camera, is it? :)
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On April 11th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC), tully_monster commented:
I saw that apod post and thought immediately of you.
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On April 11th, 2003 11:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I love how the M25 looks like a river of light.
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On April 11th, 2003 07:40 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
i hate to say this, but that looks like some giant space alien cold sore
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On April 11th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
You have a vivid imagination, cause I don't see it. :)
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On April 11th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
ah, the wonderful things i see early in the morning when i'm half awake..
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On April 11th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC), triscuits commented:
reminds me slightly of a close-up shot of a window that's been hit with some kind of object...
On April 11th, 2003 10:20 am (UTC), ex_snej373 replied:
Exactly. I thought you had taken a photo of a bullet hole.
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On April 11th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It does look like that doesn't it. "London at Night" = a bullet hole, I'm glad it's nothing quite so sinister. :)

I like your new icon, it's good to see you.
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On April 11th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC), nomi replied:
That didn't even cross my mind when I first saw it, but now I can see it clearly.
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On April 11th, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC), ambient1 commented:
Beautiful. I thought it was candlelight seen thru shattered glass at first.

I found this this image of the entire earth at night a few months ago.
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On April 14th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's interesting how many people have seen it as shattered glass.

I've seen that world at night photo, it's really stunning.
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On April 13th, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC), padron commented:
Hello Naomi,

I don't know you but I stumbled upon your journal a little while ago. I just wanted to say hi and tell you that I love your pictures and stories. I will be doing a little traveling in Europe this summer so I love reading your stories.

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On April 14th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Hello! :)

Thank you very much. Where in Europe are you planning to travel?
On April 14th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC), padron replied:
The majority of my time well be spent in Paris since I will be taking an intensive French language program, but I do plan to visit Spain and perhaps Germany in June and/or August if I get the chance. I am still in the planning stages as far as to where I want to go. Any suggestions besides the typical Parisian sites. It would be nice to explore some of the smaller cities of France.
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On May 1st, 2003 05:26 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Apologies for the delay in my response. I'm envious of your staying in Paris, I hope to do the same in the coming years. I'm not sure about cities near Paris, but if you're near northwestern France I would recommend Clisson, La Rochelle, Mont-Saint-Michel, St. Malo, and Fontenay-le-Comte. There are plenty of interesting places and countryside in between these cities, like castles, châteaus, vineyards, Roman ruins, etc.
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