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8/22/2014

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

Ivanpah, California, USA

35.57°N 115.47°W

 

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert, 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers (one of which is seen here). The receivers then generate steam to drive specially adapted turbines. With a construction cost of $2.2 billion and a planned gross capacity of 392 megawatts, Ivanpah is the largest plant of its kind in the world.


 

8/21/2014

Munich at night

Munich, Germany

48°8′N 11°34′E

 

Munich - captured at night from the International Space Station - is the third largest city in Germany with 1.47 million people living within its city limits.

 

This photograph is courtesy of NASA's “Cities at Night” project. Through this effort, NASA has invited the public to sift through its collection of more than 1.8 million photographs captured from the ISS since 2003. With crowdsourcing, we will be able to identify and catalogue the cities on Earth that have been captured so far!

 

Source: Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, José Gómez Castaño, Jaime Zamorano, Christopher CM Kyba, Sergio Pascual,M Ángeles, L Cayuela, Guillermo Martín Martinez and Peter Challupner, Atlas of astronaut photos, of Earth at night, News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, Vol. 55 no4. August 2014 (in press).


 

8/20/2014 

Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)

Outside of Socorro County, New Mexico,

34°04′43.497″N 107°37′05.819″W

 

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Socorro, New Mexico, USA. The observatory consists of 27 independent antennae, each of which has a dish diameter of 25 meters (82 feet) and weighs 209 metric tons. Astronomers using the VLA have made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way's center, probed the Universe's cosmological parameters, and provided new knowledge about the physical mechanisms that produce radio emission.


 

8/19/2014

Port of Genoa

Genoa, Italy

44.4028°N 8.91667°E

 

The Port of Genoa covers an area of about 700 hectares of land and 500 hectares of water, stretching more than 13 miles (22 kilometers) along the Italian coastline. With an annual capacity of 4 million ferry passengers, 1.5 million cars, and 250,000 trucks, Genoa ranks as the busiest port in Italy by cargo tonnage.


 

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