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On August 7, 2003, the NASA Aqua MODIS instrument acquired this image of Ireland on the first day this summer that most of the island hasn´t been completely obscured by cloud cover. Called the Emerald Isle for a good reason, Ireland is draped in vibrant shades of green amidst the blue Atlantic Ocean and Celtic (south) and Irish (east) Seas. Faint ribbons of blue-green phytoplankton drift in the waters of the Celtic Sea, just south of Dublin.

Dublin itself appears as a large grayish-brown spot on the Republic of Ireland´s northeastern coast. This large capital city (population 1.12 million) sits on the River Liffey, effectively splitting the city in half. Northern Ireland´s capital city, Belfast, also sits on a river: the River Lagan. This city, though its population is only a fifth of the size of Dublin´s, is also clearly visible in the image as a grayish-brown spot on the coast of the Irish Sea.

Sensor Aqua/MODIS

Credit Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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  1. laamish 104 months ago | reply

    The funny thing is I was there that day, the last day of a glorious vacation during the heat wave of '03. It was lovely on the ground, too:

  2. tacit rabbits [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

    Love it!

  3. .finding.ireland. 104 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. Mahisha 104 months ago | reply

    Wonderful - what a great idea

  5. 104 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called World Islands, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. edsel road 104 months ago | reply

    Lovely, but was it really neccesary to draw the line seperating Northern Ireland? Don't think so...

  7. turgidson 103 months ago | reply

    I can see my house from here ;-)

  8. AnnWhit 101 months ago | reply

    Thankyou for this shot of Ireland i live in cobh co.cork in cork harbour,

  9. helenoftheways 98 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on catching Ireland without rain clouds!! ;) Must be a first!

  10. enire photography 92 months ago | reply

    belfast my home :) sorta looks like it's tryin to fly

  11. Celtic Tiger 86 months ago | reply

    Taken on St Patrick's Day! Cool..

  12. Giorgio140 85 months ago | reply

    I like this photo

  13. 67 months ago | reply

    The Emerald Isle in all its glory! We used this in a post about Ireland. Please let us know if you would like anything different with the attribution. And thanks for sharing with Creative Commons!

  14. Wang Wang 22 60 months ago | reply

    MY NEW HOME!!!!! I love it!

  15. Alberto woods 53 months ago | reply

    home, this is mine,

  16. seánÓcearbhaill 53 months ago | reply

    *** Áilleacht Éireann ~ The Beauty of Ireland ***
    Is breá linn an phictiúr seo d’Éirinn agus ba mhaith linn go roinnfeá le grúpa úr s’againne é.

    We love this photo of Ireland and would like you to share it with our new group.

    Roinn leis an grúpa Áilleacht Éireann é.
    Share it with The Beauty of Ireland group.

  17. Enric Rodriguez 25 months ago | reply

    Terrific shot. We would be delighted if you add this pic to the new group Pictures Of Ireland => A place to group all photos from this amazing country.

  18. 13 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo love it!

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