What Are These Mysterious Green Lights Seen From The International Space Station?

A few days ago, we posted a video on our I’m A Useless Info Junkie facebook page containing footage released by NASA that had truly amazing views of our planet as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). However, at one certain point of the video, you can clearly see some green lights popping up on the left-hand side of the screen. Here’s the footage right here:

Video footage: NASA

This is so mysterious, it even had astronauts stumped. Here’s a tweet from Reid Wiseman: (the article continues after the ad)

So, what are these green lights that are bright enough to be seen from space yet even astronauts don’t really know what they are?

Well, as it turns out, the answer is quite fishy. According to an article by Michael Carlowicz that was posted on NASA’s Earth Observatory website:

“…fishermen from South America and Southeastern Asia light up the ocean with powerful lamps that attract the plankton and fish species that the squid feed on. The squid follow their prey toward the surface, where they are easier for fishermen to catch with jigging lines. Squid boats can carry more than a hundred of these lamps, generating as much as 300 kilowatts of light per boat.”

Here’s one of these boats:

Photo: Jay / Flickr

And while this may not seem bright enough in order to be seen from space, here’s what happens when you have hundreds of these boats next to each there:

Photo: news.com.au

Interesting indeed!

If you like what you read, then you will definitely love this one: The Mysterious Hidden Forest Swastika That Appeared Each Fall And Wasn’t Discovered Until 1992



Photo: Reid Wiseman / Twitter
Photoshop: I’m A Useless Info Junkie
Sources: Something Fishy in the Atlantic Night | Reid Wiseman / Twitter

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