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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour In Singapore 2009

Just came back from the city centre after the Earth Hour event and I've got a couple of nice photos for you.

It's like one of those "Spot The Differences" games minus the sudden appearance of a screaming zombie jumping at you.

Can you spot the differences?

8.55pm (During Earth Hour)

The lights didn't all go out exactly at 8.30pm - they went off one by one, so I had to wait a while longer to take this photo. Notably the side lighting of The Sail @ Marina Bay was partially lit until around 8.50pm.

9.51pm (After Earth Hour)

Again the lighting came back on one by one, with the Merlion leading the way. By 9.51pm most of the company logos and facade lighting had returned.

While the timing of the lights off could be better coordinated, I am glad to see that so many companies are participating in this event. Of course, this is only a symbolic reminder to take better care of our environment and be mindful of energy conservation and waste reduction in our daily lives.

Oh... there is one more interesting difference between the above two photos.

Look at them carefully (click on them to view large size).

Teck should be able to spot it instantly; how about you?*

Would you like to know more?
- Earth Hour website

*Hint: It's something that's not of this world, but it isn't anything spooky...


Teck said...

is that sirius?

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Wow that was practically instantaneous!

The star that appeared to "move" on the upper left of the photos (above One Raffles Quay in the second photo) is Canopus of Carina.

Not sure about the other star that appeared in the second photo (to the upper right of the UOB skyscraper). It's one of the stars in Canis Major and could be Sirius.

Teck said...

heh heh.. yeah, i shd be spending less time on the net..

hmm.. looking at your photos, i'd forgotten how starless the skies back home were..