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NASA solves the mystery of a “city of lights” in the South Atlantic night: jiggers

Tuesday, October 29th 2013 - 00:13 UTC
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When in December 2012, the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center and the NASA Earth Observatory released a new map of the Earth as it appears at night they “found something fishy off the coast of Argentina” but now the mystery has been solved. About 300 to 500 kilometers offshore, a city of light appeared in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. There are no human settlements there, nor fires or gas wells. But there are an awful lot of fishing boats. Read full article


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  • The Truth PaTroll

    Not so long ago, these “NASA” people were busy sending men to space.

    I'm glad to see some Americans have come to terms with their patently evident decline, and are making the best of it to contribute in some other form.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 12:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KFC de Pollo

    @1 way to completely ignore the rape of the sea that should be controlled by Argentina.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 01:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Truth PaTroll

    If we don't rape it first, someone else will. Worked for you Brits for half a millenia.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 01:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check


    Oct 29th, 2013 - 06:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #1 You really reek of jealousy.

    (1) - Earth Observations is tremendously important. It may not have the publicity factor of a moon landing but it is much more useful.
    (2) - Right now, scientists and engineers from NASA, ESA, and CSA are building the most advanced piece of technology the world has ever seen, the James Webb Space Telescope. JWST will explore almost the entire history of our Universe.

    Tell me what great achievement has the Argentine Space Agency ever produced. In fact what achievement has Argentine science ever achieved.

    Get back under your rock.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 08:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #5 You are talking science and logic to a “kid” that lives in a country that is self destructing. He is feed news propaganda to formulate his thoughts and thinks NASA, ESA and CSA is only about space exploration and is ignorant to all the earth based exploration satellites for mapping, weather, etc, etc. And the best come back he responds with? We will rape before someone else does? Go figure.
    Poor tobi......momma's waiting to feed long did she allow you out from the basement?

    Argentina's greatest achievements come from the Kirchner's. No leaders have stolen as much as Argentina's “Bonnie and Clyde” in such a short period of time. No it is time for her ending. Let the games begin......the next two years will be a real show indeed.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Benson

    The only thing that surprises me here is that they've never noticed it before. In the 90's in Berkley Sound you could read by the light given off at night when there were a 100 plus ships in transshipping.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 10:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    This is an old, old story.

    The light is well-known, and has been long-time-observable from low orbit orbital earth monitoring satellites - Landsat, Spot and military.

    NASA releases these stories whenever it gets close to the federal funding round.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 11:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    It's not a's rehashed journalism

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    So when the lights disappear from the pictures, we will know the Squid are fished out.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 07:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Worked for you Brits for half a millenia”.

    If Argentina had the same opinion as you, it would copy the worst aspects of the British Empire and so contribute to Argentina's decline.

    Britain is smart enough to learn by its mistakes and to have ceased doing what it used to.

    Raping your seas means you will be buying fish from a foreign country if you fish it out.

    Welcome to self destruction, chey.

    Oct 29th, 2013 - 10:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Truth PaTroll


    You chose a good name, as your knowledge of Argentina is in fact, in the gutter.

    You are a pathetic, jealous fool, because while of course Argentina's achievements compared to countries of hundreds of millions of people like the USA or thousands of years of history like Europe, are a bit more modest, for you to PURPOSEFULLY deny that Argentina is actually recognized in space sciences, both in building equipment and forming scientists for the field, it makes you the ultimate insecure twarp.

    How pathetic when the citizen of a country with fine achievements STILL feels so small he must deny others their own 2 cents. So proud you must be :)

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 02:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #12 I'm a pathetic jealous fool? You're the one who suggested NASAs current activities are somehow subpar without having any clue about what they are actually doing. Hypocrite.

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 06:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    Perhaps NASA has discoverefd the fabled, long lost, “Lost Malvinas”!

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 08:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Now not confuse Argentina's space science achievements with Argentina's medical science achievements.....all with the help of Dr. Mengele.....Peron's favorite nazi.

    Now that your 16....did you vote in Mendoza......who took the number one spot?

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 09:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”“”Get back under your rock.“”“”

    It's a class thing. In Argentina TTT is form a class that everybody ignores, on here he can pretend he is form a better class, so he acts arrogant as he thinks that how better classes behave.

    TTT and Think are both struggling to present themselves as intellectuals of the “polo elite” which is why they harp on about their superiority all the time... if they were of those elite ruling classes they wouldnt need to.

    its a cultural thing in latin american countries where class pretty much determines the level of success available to you... just ruffle their hair and say “good boy”.

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    1 and 2 - take a look at your fisheries regime first! Ours has very good control measures and stock limitations where and when required for conservation.

    Which 2 counrties used to carry out joint fishery monitoring cruises in the area and in particular in the high-seas bit inbetween the 2 national boundaries?
    Which 2 Countries were holding talks to try and find a way of controlling the illegal high seas fleets in the are?
    Which country,s Govt walked away from all this and pulled out and shows it could not give a damn about fisheries conservation in the South West Atlantic?

    As a clue the name of that Country begins with an A - the other one who is still happy to sit down and carry on any time- with no impact or reference to either,s Sov claims - is the Falkland Islands.

    Which Fisheries Regimes are now world leaders in Albatross bycatch mitigation methods and have reduce Albatross deaths to virtually zero?
    Give you a clue - this one does NOT start with an A. Try Falklands and/or South Georgia instead!

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 09:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • El capitano

    Bin there done that..!

    Oct 30th, 2013 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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