a view from the east coast

Black Marble: NASA View Illuminates Earth at Night

When the sun goes down, the lights on Earth shine bright. A new look using our satellite data captures the lights coming from our neighborhoods, vehicles, buildings, factories, fishing vessels and other human activity brightening the night.

Our scientists have just released the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime view of our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities around the globe.

By studying Earth at night, researchers can investigate how and why cities expand, monitor light intensity to estimate energy use and economic activity, and aid in disaster response in near-real time.

The data on Earth at night comes from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, jointly managed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

VIIRS captures visible and infrared light, allowing researchers to glimpse the Earth as it looks to astronauts peering out of the International Space Station. The new map is a composite of data collected in 2016, and it took several months of processing to filter out clouds, moonlight, airglow, and other interfering features to create the global image. In the coming months our scientists will release daily nighttime lights data at even finer resolutions for the first time.

The East Coast sparkles with population hubs, suburbs circling cities and major roadways. The I-95 corridor includes the most densely populated region of the United States – the stretch from Washington, DC to Boston.

To get images like these from the satellite data, our scientists had to filter out moonlight, aerosols and other sources of extraneous light – the goal is to eventually be able to detect the lights from a single building or fishing boat.

Daytime satellite images, like this one from Landsat 8, can show us the forests, deserts, mountains, waterways and built-up cities. Add a nighttime view, and scientists can study when and how people are using these limited resources – like the lights tracing the Nile River leading to the metropolis of Cairo, Egypt.

Lights aren’t confined to land. With the global nighttime view, the ocean is dotted with fishing fleets, including boats that try to attract their catch with bright lights.

What lights illuminate your neighborhood? Download a high-resolution version of the Black Marble HERE, and find out more about our new night lights data HERE.

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Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and one of the best drives on the east coast. There are 75 overlooks along the park’s Skyline Drive that offer stunning views of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. So roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. Photo from The Point Overlook at milepost 55 by National Park Service.

Do You Remember

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Reader (Modern AU)

Word Count: 864

A/N: Inspired by the song ‘Do You Remember (The Other Half of 23)’ by The Maine, this is the first drabble of a three-part miniseries. Enjoy :)

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“Hurry up before your parents find out I’m here!” Bucky hissed as you quickly grabbed your backpack off the floor before escaping through the window, thankful that your bedroom was just on the first floor. Grabbing your bag, Bucky helped you out the window, losing his balance when you accidentally fell on him, his body tumbling on the grassy terrain.

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All Eyes on Harvey

Our Earth-observing satellites, along with the cameras and crew of the International Space Station, are keeping a watchful eye over Hurricane Harvey as it churns in the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Harvey blows ashore over coastal Texas on Friday night, it will likely be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005.

Above is a view of Harvey from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured on Aug. 25 at 10:07 a.m. EDT (1407 UTC) clearly showing the storm’s eye as Harvey nears landfall in the southeastern coast of Texas. As Hurricane Harvey continued to strengthen, we analyzed the storm’s rainfall, cloud heights and cloud top temperatures. 

Above, the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) core observatory satellite flew almost directly above intensifying Hurricane Harvey on August 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 UTC) and we used the Microwave Imager instrument to peer through dense storm clouds to reveal the location of intense rainfall bands near the center of the hurricane. 

And from the International Space Station, cameras were pointed towards Harvey as the orbiting laboratory passed overhead 250 miles above the Earth. The video above includes views from the space station recorded on August 24, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to be a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale—with winds higher than 111 miles (179 kilometers) per hour—when it makes landfall. It will likely produce a storm surge of 6 to 12 feet (2 to 4 meters) and drop between 15 and 25 inches (38 and 63 centimeters) of rain in some areas—enough to produce life-threatening flash floods.

For updated forecasts, visit the National Hurricane Center
Ensure you are prepared for Hurricanes. Get tips and more at  FEMA’s Ready site.
Get the latest updates from NASA satellites by visiting our Hurricane site.

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anonymous asked:

It's my birthday and I'm wondering if it'd be possible for you to write an ultra small piece of the big three hanging out at the Watch tower? Make them tired and/or drunk (that's nearly not possible but… work with me lmao). From Batman's or whomever's point of view you wish!

It’s after two in the morning for the East Coast but the Watchtower’s facing the sun, radiation washing virtually every surface if not for the almost spotlessly invisible protective glass that makes you feel like you’re in open space, and Alfred, he thinks with a smile, would probably find it mildly funny that the AI responsible for the up-keeping of the station is called Pennyworth. The original name was PJH-B but after everyone started jokingly calling out to ‘Pennyworth’ and after PJH-B started replying, Bruce took the very silent liberty of changing the code and replacing it with A-Penny. No one would go looking, no one would ever know, but every time A-Penny finished its duties at the end of the day, the small notification that read A-Penny has clocked out for the night brought the same smile to his face.

“It’s funny,” Diana says and it comes out as a slight drawl, even though it’s still more elegant than anyone has ever managed. The glass in her hands reflects the sun and the tablet’s surface turns into a mural. “We drink now… for no reason. But we didn’t drink for Bruce’s birthday a month ago.”

They were too busy picking up the slack after New York had almost been completely demolished on Clark’s birthday and, anyway, they still made time to quickly check in with him while he visited his parents back in Smallville. Aside from quick remarks the Wayne family in Gotham had be used to accommodate on February 19th, however, no celebration had been prepared for Bruce Wayne’s birthday, part of it possibly because Mr. Wayne had reportedly been seen celebrating on his own on some private island away from the city. The media wasn’t sure which island but they had intel about the specific drink combinations consumed, so it had to be accurate intel. Alfred wasn’t new at this, after all.

“I don’t know about that. Stopping an alien invasion…,” Clark pauses. “Again. Seems like a good reason to celebrate.”

The almost finished bottle is dark green and the liquid inside as clear as water. Someone’s someone brought it as a present for the team at Hal’s birthday party because someone’s someone’s planet was famous for their heavenly brew and brew, Bruce thinks, ended up being just a synonym for booze. He knew, of course, because he had analyzed every single component before even allowing it to be stored anywhere near the Justice League’s headquarters, but the ever so slight dizziness he keeps telling himself he hasn’t had for the last ten minutes indicates this wasn’t just alien booze. This was strong alien booze.

“So how come Batman,” Clark starts and the last word comes out as an inside joke between the three of them, too grandiose and holding myth to be real, “can’t get drunk easily?”

“Because Batman,” Diana continues with the same tone, “is desensitized to anything that might compromise his judgment.”

And it’s true, and Bruce silently agrees, and he doesn’t say how this is funny to him. He should be desensitized to alcohol but a year has passed and League business has taken up most of his time and Scarecrow with his chemicals are scheming silently somewhere away from Gotham and Alfred keeps swapping his glasses with ginger ale during parties and, if he’s completely honest, he’d probably still get that headache he’s not admitting to even if the glass in front of him was filled with nothing more than watered-down beer.

Pennyworth, his mind slips back. Make a note with Pennyworth to start alcohol tolerance conditioning again. He doesn’t know if he means the AI or the butler.

“If it makes you feel any better, Jordan’s birthday would’ve stolen the spotlight from anyone else in the vicinity,” Bruce says after a while. He specifically remembers a power ring-made piñata hanging from the Watchtower’s ceiling and Hal smashing it again and again…  and again. He didn’t like it all that much, it was clear, but every once in a while Bruce would move his head a few mere inches while reviewing field reports, and the fact it bothered him made Hal become both an enthusiast and a pro at piñata punching over a single night.

“It doesn’t,” Diana raises one eyebrow. “You deserve to be celebrated too. You’ve been a staple amongst this team. Weak excuses to avoid people from being happy you exist in their lives isn’t enough.”

Clark’s smile turns to a good-hearted chuckle that reverberates all around them. He places the back of his hand on his mouth as if he wants to show he didn’t mean to interrupt. “Batman doesn’t have a birthday,” he whispers in a conspiring tone, leaning in. “He wasn’t born. He was molded.”

Batman laughs this time. It starts as a barely contained smile, then a wider one, then a noise that can’t be restrained as he joins in both Diana and Clark’s cheers. It’s not that funny, a part of him thinks, which only reinforces the silliness. He does his best to avoid acknowledging the same part, the one that wears the cowl the firmest, that reminds him of a certain painful night over and over again. The bottle’s level lowers some more so the numbness blissfully sets in. A sense of belonging has always been part of this room, this huge round table with its big insignias carved behind every chair and its big Seven making team decisions all the time, but right now the world ‘family’ is louder than it’s been recently and maybe it’s not just the alien liquid that’s burning up Bruce’s chest.

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Spiegelberge

  1. Die Gletscherlagune Jökulsárlón an der Südküste Islands. An Ende der Lagune hat man einen schönen Blick auf den Berg Fellsfjall. 
  2. Drei Berge spiegeln sich im Wasser der Jökulsá í Lóni von rechts nach links gesehen: Hvammsheiði, Þorgeirsstaðatindur, Skálatindur. Hier auf der #1 Fahrtrichtung von Stafafell nach Höfn im Südosten Islands.

Mirror mountains

  1. The Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon at the south coast of Iceland. At the end of the lagoon there is a beautiful view of the mountain Fellsfjall.
  2. Three mountains are mirrored in the water of Jökulsá í Lóni, seen from right to left: Hvammsheiði, Þorgeirsstaðatindur, Skálatindur. Here on the #1, travel direction of Stafafell to Höfn in the East of Iceland. 

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These were taken in Kota Kinabalu? No way!

Ever wanted to stand at the foot of Mount Everest or frolic across New Zealand-esq scenery, Walter Mitty style? Now you can get a taste of these unique landscapes and more, without even leaving Asia. Plus, it’s cheaper to boot! To be more precise, a short two and a half hour flight to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah is all you need.

Despite occupying such a small area of the world’s third largest island, the tiny Malaysian state of Sabah is chock-full of natural and cultural wonders—and getting from one attraction to another couldn’t be easier. These scenic photos that’s going to flood your timeline are sure to confound your friends and they’ll probably be asking, “are you sure you’re in Kota Kinabalu?” 

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

You don’t have to go all the way to New Zealand to experience wide open pastures and rolling green hills. The Desa Cattle Dairy Farm in Kundasang offers verdant views of the valley right here in Southeast Asia, where visitors can get the chance to pet and feed the grazing cattle, as well as observe the milking process first hand.

The best time to visit the farm is during the early mornings when the weather is at its coolest. Don’t forget to sample the farm’s freshly made dairy products, from specialty milk, ice cream and even gelato!

Bohey Dulang

Not far off the east coast of Sabah lies the beautiful Bohey Dulang Island, a mountainous island formed by the remnants of an ancient volcano and home to spectacular array of coral gardens, vibrant marine life and mirror-smooth waters that rival those found in Maldives.

Explore some of Borneo’s most superb dive sites, or find adventure in-land on a steep 600-metre hike to the top of Bohey Dulang Peak for magnificent views of the island and the majestic lagoon below.

Mount Kinabalu

While the thought of scaling the treacherous Himalayan mountains may sound intimidating, reaching the summit of Southeast Asia’s iconic Mount Kinabalu is a relatively easy task while giving you the same feeling of being on top of the world.

Despite towering over 4,095 metres above sea level, ropes, handrails and lifelines are carefully secured along the most challenging parts of the climb, allowing even novice climbers to get to the top and witness the incredible sunrise over the valley.

Danum Valley

Image: Katja Hasselkus

The Danum Valley Conservation area is a naturalist’s paradise, with more than 438 square kilometres of Amazonian-like landscapes and a brilliantly diverse ecosystem of plant, bird and animal life, unchanged and untouched for over a million years!  

Visitors can head out for a treetop canopy walk above the tropical sanctuary, observing the elusive orang-utans and Borneo pygmy elephant (the world’s smallest elephant!) in their natural habitat, or enjoy a luxurious jungle stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge surrounded by nature.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Not only is Kota Kinabalu City Mosque considered the largest mosque in KK, it’s also one of the most stunning architectural beauties in the city. Though not as colourful as the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque in Iran, this holy structure maintains its air of mystery being situated atop a pond, giving onlookers its illusion of floating above the water. #instaworthy #mindblown

Find cheap flights from Airasia to Kota Kinabalu to kickstart your next scenic vacay that’ll inspire #wanderlust! 

promise

synopsis: mingyu is a soft incredibly hot boyfriend who loves long walks on the beach and the reader (°◡°♡)

genre: fluff

word count: 1,911

“We should probably get up sometime soon,” You suggested into the soft skin of Mingyu’s side, despite being so comfortable you contemplated staying in that position forever. Mingyu simply hummed in response, as he was too focused flipping channels on the hotel television and mindlessly rubbing circles into your back. You both had slept well into the afternoon due to the previous night’s drive from Seoul to Gyeongpo Beach on the east coast. It was a vacation months in the making, as you waited for your boyfriend’s summer schedules to die down and your work schedule to comply, as well. The view from your balcony alone was breathtaking, but you wanted to run outside and experience the real thing. You sat up and swiped the remote away from Mingyu.

“Fine, fine,” he caved, a smirk playing on his face. “Is it wrong to want to lie here with my lovely girlfriend all day?”

You couldn’t help but blush. “Your lovely girlfriend wants her toes in the sand as soon as possible!”

He rolled his eyes but laughed anyway. “Let me get a shower, babe,” he groaned, jumping up from the mattress and heading toward the bathroom. “Don’t miss my shirtless self while I’m gone!”

You fell over laughing as you watched him flex both to you and himself in a nearby mirror. “I’ll try not to.”

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The Melbourne-born actor Chris Hemsworth, 33, will tell you that there is no better place in the world than his native Australia, and he wants everyone else to know this, too: Mr. Hemsworth, who is most famous for playing the Marvel Comics superhero Thor in the 2011 eponymous movie and who is reprising the role in this fall’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” is on a mission to promote his homeland through his role as global ambassador for Tourism Australia, the country’s official tourism organization.

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The view from the east coast at 6pm.Usually I see the sunrise from here but this evening the clouds reflected the sunset and there were the reflection of them on the ocean 💓

昨日に続き今日も夕焼けがすごかったです。日の出を見るポイントですが、夕日を反射した雲が赤くなって、さらにそれが海に反射しています。これはやばかったです。

Cape Fatucama - Timor-Leste

At the top of the mountain on Cape Fatucama stands a statue of Jesus Christ, that is often compared to Rio’s Christ the Redeemer. The cape is only a short drive from the Capital of Dili, and offers a great view of the Banda Sea. The stairs leading up to the statue feature more Jesus monuments, depicting important events in Jesus life, including the last supper, and his crucifixion. Locals who visit the site usually light candles, and say prayers on the walk up to the statue. 

On the beaches below and along the rest of the cape, swimming, snorkeling and fishing are great options to escape the heat. 

Chasing Storms at 17,500mph

Flying 250 miles above the Earth aboard the International Space Station has given me the unique vantage point from which to view our planet. Spending a year in space has given me the unique opportunity to see a wide range of spectacular storm systems in space and on Earth. 

The recent blizzard was remarkably visible from space. I took several photos of the first big storm system on Earth of year 2016 as it moved across the East Coast, Chicago and Washington D.C. Since my time here on the space station began in March 2015, I’ve been able to capture an array of storms on Earth and in space, ranging from hurricanes and dust storms to solar storms and most recently a rare thunder snowstorm.

Blizzard 2016

Hurricane Patricia 2015

Hurricane Joaquin 2015

Dust Storm in the Red Sea 2015

Dust Storm of Gobi Desert 2015

Aurora Solar Storm 2015

Aurora Solar Storm 2016

Thunderstorm over Italy 2015

Lightning and Aurora 2016

Rare Thunder Snowstorm 2016

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Battle of Passchendaele Begins

Stretcher-bearers in the mud near Ypres on August 1.

July 31 1917, Ypres–Haig had long been pushing for a renewed offensive in Flanders, with the goal of securing the Belgian coast and preventing German U-boats from using the ports in Ostend and Zeebrugge.  Lloyd George was highly reluctant to launch another offensive on the Western Front; the Somme had cost previously-unimaginable casualties for little gain, and that was with French support and Russian pressure in the East.  In late July 1917, the French were still recovering from their mutinies and the Kerensky Offensive had collapsed.  Apart from a small Romanian effort, and assistance from the French troops already in Flanders, the British would be attacking on their own.  However, ultimately Lloyd George felt he could not “impose my strategical views on my military advisers” and ultimately deferred to Haig and Robertson, to his later regret.

The Germans were also well aware of Haig’s buildup around Ypres, starting with the (highly successful) Battle of Messines in June.  The Germans had responded by attacks along the coast (to pre-empt a planned amphibious landing) and by deploying mustard gas for the first time.  The preliminary bombardment around Ypres had begun on July 16, firing over four million shells (four times more than in the leadup to the Somme) at the German positions.

At 3:50 AM on July 31, at dawn but under thick cloud cover, British and French troops left their trenches, along with 136 tanks.  Their objective was a tactical one–not to break through the German lines entirely, but simply to seize the German positions along the Pilckern Ridge to the east of Ypres.  All of the objectives were close enough that the advancing infantry would have artillery support for the whole day.  The initial attacks were successful, especially in the north.  However, coordination between infantry and artillery soon broke down, as was often the case during the chaos of the offensive.  This was not helped by the cloudy and then rainy conditions which limited visibility of the artillery spotters before turning the Flanders clay into a thick mud.

The Germans counterattacked at around 2 PM, forcing the British to give up a fair amount of their gains, though they eventually recovered with help from their artillery.  Altogether, the British were more successful than they had been on the first day of the Somme, gaining more ground for far fewer casualties.  Nevertheless, the British had not reached their tactical objectives, and Ostend remained as distant as ever.

Today in 1916: German Plot Escapes Detection in Aftermath of Black Tom Explosion
Today in 1915: Anglo-Belgian Force Refuses to Surrender at Saisi, Northern Rhodesia
Today in 1914: French Socialist Leader Jean Jaurès Assassinated

Sources include: John Keegan, The First World War.

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I know we are over a week post eclipse, but I wanted to post a few of our pictures.  We made the trip to Lincoln City, Oregon, right on the coast.   Unfortunately it was foggy.  We did get a few views of the eclipse, and a few pictures.  Due to the fog, most did not come out very well.  And as the temp dropped, the fog rolled in from the coast a bit more.  But we had a great time and it was our first total solar eclipse and we’re planning on heading east for the eclipse in 2024.

Pic 1:  view of the Sun just before totality on our astronomy club’s Sunspotter.

Pic 2:  the start of Bailey’s Beads;  We didn’t realize we had this shot until we got home, the sky was such a mess.

Pic 3: our C6R, old Celestron refractor, on our Losmandy mount.  We usually have our C11 Schmidt on the Losmandy, but didn’t bring it this trip.  This was about 8:30am before first contact.  Televue 17mm Ethos eyepiece.

Pic 4: another view of the C6R;  in the back you can see our camera setup and our solar scope.  Nikon, with 300mm Sigma lens, was lined up parallel with the 80mm Daystar Quark system on the side-by-side mount.  The (older)  Hypertuned Orion Atlas mount tracked true as ever.  Because of the clouds and fog, we could not see anything via the Daystar.

Pic 5:  what we captured of the corona despite the fog.

We had astronomy club members in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Missouri, Kentucky, and South Carolina (rained out!)

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Roisinis, Abandoned Village, Eriskay by Tom Willett

The Highlands of Scotland are dotted with abandoned settlements. Some hark back to the dreadful days of the Clearances, when crofters were evicted from lands their families had farmed for centuries, to make way for sheep. But not all deserted villages were abandoned by force; some were simply the result of changing circumstances and settlement patterns. That is the case with the township of Roisinis (Rossinish) on the north east corner of Eriskay. The site was not completely abandoned until 1957.

There is a wonderful range of traditional dwellings at Roisinis from blackhouses, white houses, and more relatively modern concrete houses. What makes Roisinis so appealing is the setting, with marvellous views to South Uist 

As beautiful as the seting is, however, it is hard to stand amidst the abandoned dwellings and not feel a tinge of melancholy. Where people once lived, now sheep wander, grazing inside the old ruined cottages.

Access to Roisinis is quite easy. Take the road east along the northern shore of Eriskay until it ends. From the road end take the farm track through a gate and along the coast eastwards. After about 500 metres the first ruined buildings of Rossinis will come into view.


If visiting make sure you are on Eriskay and not Benbecula

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“Eren, stop, that isn’t true [that you’re a worthless little kid]. Hey, thank you. I’ve been meaning to tell you that. For fighting, for always standing by me. Thank you. For pushing through, for showing me how to live with purpose. I’m greatful. My scarf, for always wrapping it around me. Thank you.”

-          Mikasa Ackerman, Attack on Titan (Ep. 37)

“Mikasa, I will always wrap your scarf, always and forever. That’s a promise.”

-          Eren Jaeger

The Toonami Trending Rundown for July 22-23, 2017. A milestone night for the better cartoon show as the nerd world celebrates San Diego Comic-Con week, with Attack on Titan completing season 2 as Eren looks for revenge on the Titan that killed his mother, while Hunter x Hunter begins the Greed Island story arc as Gon returns to his quest of getting in the game, and Hinata defends Naruto while he is down in his battle against Pain, among other great moments.

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anonymous asked:

I have a character (A) who needs to find out where another character (B) lives and works. If A has a friend (C) who's resourceful (very good with computers, has money and connections). How would C find out this information (in general; no need for too many details, since it happens in the background) and how long would it take? If it makes a difference, A & C live on the US east coast and B is west coast.

The easiest way in today’s society would probably be ‘facebook stalking’ (or other social media equivalent). People put an amazing amount of information out on the internet without even knowing it. A single picture, a random selfie posted on their wall, and people who know what they are doing can find you using something called ‘metadata.’

Metadata is information that is included in a photograph, hidden from the view of your average person but findable in just a few seconds. It often includes harmless information such as the make of the camera that took the photo, the date, the time, etc. All sorts of things that your computer uses to index the file appropriately.

However, metadata can also contain other information, especially when the device taking the picture has a gps chip in it. What has a gps chip and a camera? Every smartphone ever. But it’s not like anyone uses smartphones.

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Here’s the issue. A lot of smartphones will tack on extra metadata in the interest of preserving information. Data such as your location when you took the photo (you may know this practice as geotagging). Many phone photo apps can tell you where in the world you took that photo, helping travelers sort through their oodles of landscape shots by location. The coordinates saved in the metadata of a photo won’t give you a precise location, but even if it only gives you a five-mile radius that really narrows down your character’s search.

If your characters find character C in this way, it could take a minute to an hour, all depends on how long it takes to find a photo with the relevant information. At that point it can take however long your narrative demands.

However, if character C is not a social media person, or is wise to this and purges all the metadata from any photo of themselves that they upload (a decent habit to get into, by the way), then alternate methods may be required.

Character Moneybags B could pull some strings and get information from the IRS, FBI, or other such three-letter organizations, but that’s not really my area, so instead I’ve got something much more techy: tracking an IP address.

IP (or Internet Protocol) addresses are numbers that are assigned to any device that accesses the internet. These numbers can be tracked to a physical location, bing-badda-boom your characters have found character C.

“But Hacker, how would my characters find this IP address?” That’s actually probably easier than finding a photo with a geotag. Send character C an email that they will reply to. Character Moneybags has connections, have one of their connections root around for the email of character C (again, rather easy information to find, google just loves knowing things) and send them an email that they will likely respond to. Once you have a response, you have an IP address that you can get latitude and longitude coordinates from.

This method would take a wee bit longer, as if they don’t already have character C’s email address it could take a bit of digging and loosening of mouths with bribes persuasion, but again it really could take as long as your narrative desires. Average time might be a week or two, but it could be done in a day or take a month.

There are other methods of course, but these were the ones that first came to me. Both are perfectly serviceable, and counter-able (is that even a word?) if you want an additional obstacle for your poor protagonists.

Glad to be of service :)

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