"Cloud Hole" Near Tasmania

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    There's a Hole in the Clouds!

    This visible image of a "cloud hole" was taken near Tasmania in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It was captured on June 5 at 0500 UTC (1 a.m. EDT/U.S.) by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

    This is a good visible example of how upper-level atmospheric features affect the lower atmosphere, because the cloud hole is right under the center of a strong area of high pressure. High pressure forces air down to the surface blocking cloud formation. In addition, the altocumulus clouds are rotating counter-clockwise around the hole, which in the southern hemisphere indicates high pressure.

    Rob Gutro
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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    1. dodagp 33 months ago | reply

      Astonishing image,interesting info !!!!!

    2. edmeeolinger 33 months ago | reply

      Almost an eye, very nice

    3. Steve - 33 months ago | reply

      AKA - A sucker hole in astronomical terms

    4. Child of the King Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    5. yewenyi 33 months ago | reply

      Waves from under the hole.

    6. Black Diamond Images 33 months ago | reply

      The tip of the north and west coast of Tasmania gives an indication of the size of the hole. Great capture.

    7. Wsarnak 33 months ago | reply

      Photo is amazing :P

    8. MichaelB in Houston 33 months ago | reply

      I don't see the alien ship punching through...

    9. thepretenda 33 months ago | reply

      It's usually the first sign of invasion

    10. Tom Evensen 33 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image!

    11. nature_gazer [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

      firgured it out yet?....

    12. HenryD9 33 months ago | reply

      Dramatic photo

    13. km6xo 33 months ago | reply

      Is this also called a Fallstreak hole?

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