Fake blackout photo.
Also, the complete lack of cloud cover should have been a tip off.
The Economist actually ran the photo (without a caption) last week. They didn't say it was real, but they didn't say it wasn't either. I think they got duped.
The first time I saw it (before people started saying it was false), I wondered why Canada has barely any lights on in it. I mean...we have electricity in Canada, as far as I know. But according to that picture, compared to the ultra lit-up USA, Canada is back in the 19th century.
That is funny how they had to get the scoop and ran a bunk story. It shows honest news is found in weblogs more frequently than news papers.
I'm wondering, how it could be on the photo 'Earth at Night' that night is everywhere on the Earth?
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