NOAA satellite captures earth mosaic with beautiful panoramic view

NOAA satellite captures earth mosaic with beautiful panoramic view

NOAA satellite captures earth mosaic with beautiful panoramic view

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released the first photo of her NOAA-21 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument.

The recently launched satellite captured a stunning panoramic image of Earth, created from data captured around the world over a 24-hour period between Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

Satellites in polar orbit observe the entire planet twice a day, unlike geostationary satellites.

According to the agency, the mosaic image shows clear blue water with phytoplankton in the Caribbean Sea, moving weather systems and smog from agricultural fires in northern India.

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NOAA satellite captures earth mosaic with beautiful panoramic view

The above image, taken by NOAA-21’s VIIRS instrument, shows ocean color around the southern tip of Florida and the Caribbean.
(Credit: NOAA STAR VIIRS Imagery team)

Dr. Satya Kalluri, a program scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System, said in a press release that the turquoise color around Cuba and the Bahamas is due to sediment in the shallow waters around the continental shelf.

VIRUS provides measurements of ocean color helps detect harmful algal blooms and monitor phytoplankton activity and sea surface temperature.

This satellite image released by NOAA on Oct. 21 shows smoke from massive wildfires over the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

This satellite image released by NOAA on Oct. 21 shows smoke from massive wildfires over the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
(AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

Over land, the instrument — which also flies on the Joint Polar Satellite System’s NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP satellites — can detect and measure the intensity of wildfiresdroughts and floods.

The intensity of the fire is fed into a product that tracks the thickness and movement of wildfire smoke.

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VIIRS also generates critical environmental products in terms of snow and ice cover, clouds, fog, aerosols and dust, as well as the health of the world’s crops.

Unlike geostationary satellites, satellites in polar orbit record large amounts of data around the globe and observe the entire planet twice a day.  This global mosaic, captured by the VIIRS instrument on the recently launched NOAA-21 satellite, is a composite image taken of these streaks over a 24-hour period between Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 2022.

Unlike geostationary satellites, satellites in polar orbit record large amounts of data around the globe and observe the entire planet twice a day. This global mosaic, captured by the VIIRS instrument on the recently launched NOAA-21 satellite, is a composite image taken of these streaks over a 24-hour period between Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 2022.
(NOAA STAR VIIRS SDR team.)

The instrument was launched on November 10 from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

NOAA-21, formerly known as JPSS-2, is the second operational satellite in a series called the Joint Polar Satellite System.

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NOAA and NASA oversee the development, launch, testing and operation of all satellites in the system.



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