13 Apr '17, 3pm

Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet

The map, which shows a nightly Earth as it was in 2016, was made through a composite of images collected from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. According to NASA, creating a night map is very challenging and can only be updated every four or fives years. One large glowing obstacle is the moon, which can effect the clarity of the night lights depending on where it is positioned during each month of observation. So, the scientists had to gather moonlight-free images and color correct the ones that weren't so it all matched. The goal of the partnership is to create a real-time night map that shows the earth as it is in any given moment. This will help scientists understand how light evolves throughout a certain period. "We can monitor cyclical changes driven by reoccurring human activities such as holiday lighting and seasonal migrations," said Mi...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/earth-deadline-climate-change-235...

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