Tropical Storm Isaac by Night

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    NASA image acquired August 28, 2012

    Early on August 28, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of Tropical Storm Isaac and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States. The image was acquired just after local midnight by the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. In this case, the clouds of Isaac were lit by moonlight.

    Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day Night Band data.

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    1. FperezDP 31 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful view!

    2. thepretenda 31 months ago | reply

      we need to promote this more!

    3. Rippie: Contra Censura! 31 months ago | reply

      i like these images.

      but on this one, wow is Isaac looking well formed and organized. lucky it didn't gain more power!

      also, images like this one really show the roadway network pretty clearly, don't they? build a road and that's where people go. nice image.

    4. Derek_Custer 31 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image.

    5. bior 31 months ago | reply

      Wow, visually very impressive. I've seen lots of night shots and lots of hurricane shots, but never in the same image before. And they combine so well! Who woulda known?

    6. zuk_sku 31 months ago | reply


    7. ofaic 31 months ago | reply

      Impresionante imagen y como se ven las luces de las grandes ciudades. Super

    8. shortblondeguy 31 months ago | reply

      We are the scourges and jewels of this planet.
      Love this though, seeing that we don't have complete control and influence over nature.

    9. heroineworshipper 31 months ago | reply

      A million years more advanced than GOES & probably cheaper.

    10. LittleMok - Lois 31 months ago | reply

      Seen in Clouds, Storms, Sunsets and Sunrises
      Please tag your photo "CloudsStormsSunsetsSunrises"

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