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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS033-E-14186 Date: Oct. 2012
Geographic Region: USA-MARYLAND

Baltimore, Maryland at Night

Baltimore, Maryland, is located on the US mid-Atlantic coastline along the terminus of the Patapsco River into Chesapeake Bay, and is the largest seaport along this part of the coast. This astronaut photograph, taken from the International Space Station, highlights the Baltimore area at night. Like many large US metropolitan areas, the most brightly lit area corresponds to the highest density of buildings and typically indicates the urban core - in this case, downtown Baltimore at image center.

Highways and large arterial streets appear as bright yellow-orange lines extending outwards from the downtown area into the surrounding suburban regions (light violet and reddish brown regions of diffuse lighting). Dark areas beyond the suburban zone are rural - or to the southeast, indicate the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Small dark patches within the metropolitan area are open space including parks, cemeteries, and the Baltimore Zoo (image top left). Two large, brightly-lit areas along Chesapeake Bay are commercial/industrial regions, and include the major port facilities for Baltimore.

The City of Baltimore was incorporated in 1796, after serving as the de facto capital of the nascent United States of America during the Second Continental Congress(from December 20, 1776 to March 4, 1777). Today, the Baltimore metropolitan area (as defined by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council includes over 2.5 million people and includes six Maryland counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard) in addition to the City of Baltimore. The region is also a focus of urban ecological research through the Baltimore Ecosystem Study that is part of the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research network.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 241k
Mission: ISS033  
Roll - Frame: E - 14186
Geographical Name: USA-MARYLAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 39.3N x 76.6W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera:: N5
Camera Tilt: 38   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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:  
Date: 20121016   YYYYMMDD
Time: 042920   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 40.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 73.9W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 354   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 216   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -59   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: BAY  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: PORT  
City Views: BALTIMORE  

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