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Hurricane Sandy Viewed in the Dark of Night

NASA image acquired October 28, 2012


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This image of Hurricane Sandy was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite around 2:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (06:42 Universal Time) on October 28, 2012.

The storm was captured by a special “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as auroras, airglow, gas flares, city lights, and reflected moonlight. In this case, the cloud tops were lit by the nearly full Moon (full occurs on October 29). Some city lights in Florida and Georgia are also visible amidst the clouds.

The Suomi NPP satellite was launched one year ago today (on October 28, 2011) to extend and enhance long-term records of key environmental data monitored by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Defense.


NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day-Night Band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.


Instrument: Suomi NPP - VIIRS


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Taken on October 28, 2012