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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS032-E-17635 Date: Aug. 2012
Geographic Region: KUWAIT

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  Kuwait City at Night

Seen at night Kuwait City, the capital of the small Persian Gulf state of Kuwait, contrasts dramatically with the dark surface of the Persian Gulf (image top) and the very sparsely populated desert area (image bottom). Night views also show at a glance some aspects of urban geography that are difficult to perceive in daylight images. Here the focus of radial traffic arteries and "ring roads" guide the eye to the financial center of the city--on the cape extending into Kuwait Bay north of the First Ring Road. The numbering of the ring roads shows the progressive southward development of the city, towards the Seventh Ring Road which still lies outside the built-up area at image lower right.

The striking differences in color of city lighting also provide information on the urban geography. Areas with lighting of a green tinge are, in each case, newer residential districts. The town of Al Ahmadi (image lower right), known for its verdant vegetation, was built in 1946 when oil was struck and stands out with its characteristic blue night lights. Kuwait International Airport, like most major airports around the globe, is particularly bright due to the high concentration of lights. By contrast, the low residential density of the Emir's palace grounds (which also host the Kuwaiti government offices and a large mosque) stand out as a dark area within the city. The long dark zone facing the Persian Gulf coast, just inshore of a narrow zone of coastal villas (image right), is presently being prepared for residential construction.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 205k
Mission: ISS032  
Roll - Frame: E - 17635
Geographical Name: KUWAIT  
Center Lat x Lon: 29.3N x 48.0E
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: 41   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   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: 20120809   YYYYMMDD
Time: 234331   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 31.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 50.5E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 50   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 215   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -27   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: BAY, GULF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AIRPORT  
City Views: KUWAIT CITY  
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