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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS006-E-22939 Date: Feb. 2003
Geographic Region: UK-ENGLAND
Feature: LONDON AT NIGHT

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  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. 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.

The crew of the International Space Station acquired this image shortly after 7:22 p.m. local time on the evening of February 4, 2003. Either thin, low clouds or perhaps fog is evident in the fuzzy character of patterns for some of the surrounding smaller cities while that of the warmer urban center is still clear and sharp.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 53k
Mission: ISS006  
Roll - Frame: E - 22939
Geographical Name: UK-ENGLAND  
Features: LONDON AT NIGHT  
Center Lat x Lon: 51.5N x .0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 58  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 35  
 
Date: 20030204   YYYYMMDD
Time: 192210   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 268   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 203   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -19   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views: ESTUARY  
Atmosphere Views: FOG  
Man Made Views: AIRPORT, HIGHWAY  
City Views: LONDON  
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