Rotating Cloudy Galileo Transitions to Blue Marble View

  • Released Thursday, October 8, 2009

The MODIS instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites take multi-spectral images of the Earth daily. This realistic, cloudy Earth is a composite of MODIS imagery from March 3, 2009. This animation reveals a transition from the MODIS view of Earth to the Blue Marble image, to allow a look at the planet without clouds. The Blue Marble Next Generation (BMNG) data set provides a monthly global cloud-free true-color picture of the Earth's landcover at a 500-meter spatial resolution. This data set, shown on a globe, is derived from monthly data collected in 2004. The ocean color is derived from applying a depth shading to the bathymetry data. The Antarctica coverage shown is the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica.


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