MODIS

Tracing Aerosols

Aerosols

Scientists, forty years ago, began developing instruments that could monitor Earth’s ozone layer by observing how the atmosphere scattered certain wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) light.

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Tropical Cyclone Cristina

Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Cristina was churning over the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, on June 12, 2014, when Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, acquired this image.

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Springtime in the Gulf of Alaska

Gulf of Alaska

Springtime brings increased sunlight, bursts of nutrients, and changing water conditions to the Gulf of Alaska. The combination promotes massive blooms of phytoplankton—microscopic, plant-like organisms that turn sunlight into food and then become fodder for some of the richest fisheries on the planet.

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Extratropical Cyclone over the United Kingdom

Extratropical Cyclone over the United Kingdom

Soggy winters are not unusual in the United Kingdom, but this winter has been in a category of its own. UK Met Office meteorologists had just declared January 2014 the wettest month on record for parts of southern Britain when another series of storms swept across the area in early February.

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Spiral of Plankton

Spiral of Plankton (2)

A plankton bloom acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, off the coast of Australia.

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Rare Middle Eastern Snow

Rare Middle Eastern Snow 1

A rare winter storm dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The image of the snow after the clouds cleared, on December 15, is from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this   Image © EOSDIS Worldview at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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The Coldest Place in the World

The Coldest Place in the World

What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 92 degrees Celsius (133.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on a clear winter night.   Watch the videos…

By |December 10, 2013|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Pine Island Glacier Antarctica

Pine Island Glacier Antarctica

An iceberg, the size of Singapore, that was part of the Pine Island Glacier is now separating from the Antarctica continent, in this MODIS image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2013. What appears to be a connection point on the top left portion of the iceberg is actually ice debris floating in the water. Image © NASA

By |November 15, 2013|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A Swirl of Clouds over the Pacific

A Swirl of Clouds over the Pacific

This natural-color image of cloud vortices behind Isla Socorro, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, on May 22, 2013.

By |August 21, 2013|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Rare Clear View of Alaska

Rare Clear View of Alaska

A rare clear view of Alaska by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, that most days, is covered by relentless rivers of clouds, obscuring most of the state’s 6,640 miles (10,690 kilometers) of coastline and 586,000 square miles (1,518,000 square kilometers) of land.   Image © NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC. Caption: Adam Voiland

By |June 21, 2013|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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