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January 5, 2012
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Via the impressive On Orbit site, behold San Francisco Bay as seen from the International Space Station in the infrared (on Christmas Eve no less):

Rotated in a more friendly fashion:

The Peninsula — El Camino Real shows up far more clearly than 101 or 280. Junipero Serra would probably be able to pick it out.

In SF, 280 and 101 barely register, but surface streets like Mission, Ocean, 19th, Geary and 3rd are clear, as are the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.  McLaren Park and Twin Peaks are easy to see — I think I can make out Bernal too.

But some of the really bright spots are odd. Is that Mission and 24th? And what’s the giant white blob to the southwest of McLaren Park? Broken Record? And what’s that one to the east of GGP — Nopa?

The guys on the ISS also took a nice IR shot of LA on the same pass.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    Nice! I bet the “giant white blob to the southwest of McLaren Park” is the Crocker-Amazon soccer fields- lit pretty brightly at night.

  2. January 5, 2012 3:15 pm

    I love how you can see the black spot of San Bruno Mountain. And even, I think, Glen Canyon Park!

    • January 5, 2012 4:14 pm

      Down with San Bruno Mountain!

      “…this barrier which otherwise would continue to plague San Francisco and the Peninsula FOREVER. Also, eliminating this barrier would provide more land for homes, cemeteries, and rapid transit facilities; and it would remove the ever-present hazard of plane crashes against this mountain.”

  3. Kate permalink
    January 5, 2012 3:47 pm

    I bet the one at the east end of golden gate park is the huge christmas tree!

  4. gregory permalink
    January 5, 2012 4:49 pm

    east of GGP is saint mary’s hospital — i bet they have a steam plant or something; note that SF General is a very similar-looking blob, and they definitely have a steam plant.

    • January 5, 2012 8:59 pm

      Hey, that makes sense. That means the blob to the northwest of Bernal that I thought was 24th & Mission is probably the steam plant for St. Luke’s.

  5. Noah permalink
    January 9, 2012 11:22 am

    grow ops?


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