Lights out

NASA has released a very interesting night-time picture of the Korean Peninsula taken from the International Space Station.

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Seoul, with a population of more than 25 million people is, of course, lit up like a Christmas tree, which makes you wonder how aliens must view the globe.

But that is not the most interesting thing about the picture. You see that black hole above Seoul? That’s not water. It is North Korea. Moreover, the light from Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea with a population of 3.5 million people, the only light in South Korea that actually shines with any brightness, does so at a light-emission level that is roughly the equivalent of the South Korean town of Gusan with a population of approximately 300 thousand people.

Now, this, of course, is an indicator of financial strength and overall development, but what I find interesting is that an alien species that graded the earth’s countries from a “green” perspective, using only intergalactic light-emission observation, might very well rate North Korea at the very top.

It all comes down to perspective, I guess. With a per capita consumption of 739 kilowatt hours in North Korea, compared to 10,162 kilowatt hours in South Korea, certainly North Korea is doing a better job at keeping energy consumption low than is South Korea, and there is something to be said for that.

In fact, taking an intergalactic view of earthly matters can sometimes yield interesting results. If the subject interests you, you might want to read an earlier posting about the hiring of a CEO for Unitek Global Services (here.)

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