Winter Solstice Arrives in Northern Hemisphere

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Image acquired December 22, 2011

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this image of Earth on the first day of the winter solstice, December 22, 2011 at 11:45 UTC. The GOES-13 cloud images are overlaid on a true-color NASA/MODIS map by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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  1. Gianluca@clickrchart 28 months ago | reply

    Congratulations! You are one of the top photographers today on ClickrChart!

  2. jmi-57 [deleted] 28 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image, congratulations on explore. A lovely shot of mother earth the colours are superb. Merry Christmas.

  3. ghis44free 28 months ago | reply

    This great photo was published in Explorer.

    [ via flickriver explore  --ghis44free ]

  4. rotraud_71 28 months ago | reply


    This is one of the best images ever!
    You deserve an award from...

    Best Images Ever

  5. Amit-M 28 months ago | reply

    Is it possible to know the EXIF data? or even the camera that took this?

  6. TR.12 27 months ago | reply

    BelÍSsima imagem do planeta!
    Grande brasil!!

  7. R I O M A N S O 27 months ago | reply

    Extraordinaria imágen

  8. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 27 months ago | reply

    Great shot.

  9. lbrian45 27 months ago | reply

    South america still green :)
    there is hope for the earth

  10. Cristyjan 27 months ago | reply

    brilliant :)

  11. Galería de Nydia Arroyo 27 months ago | reply

    Que hermoso es nuestro planeta, Lástima que no lo cuidemos!

  12. Luiz Felipe Martins 27 months ago | reply

    Imagem fantástica da Terra, com foco em nosso querido hemisfério sul!

  13. Râ11 26 months ago | reply


  14. vicentecremades 26 months ago | reply

    Hermoso planeta

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