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2012 : The Science Collection

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Sea Surface Temperature Measurements
This image reflects sea surface temperature measurements taken by the Suomi-NPP VIIRS instrument off of the New England coast in October 2012. (CREDIT: NOAA STAR)
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Korea and the Yellow Sea
On September 24, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of the Korean Peninsula. This imagery is from the VIIRS "day-night band," which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight.
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The Lights of London
Billions of people will see London through many different filters and lenses during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. None of those views will look quite like this one from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite.
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Western U.S. High Mountain Blazes
Two of the most destructive fires in the history of Colorado and New Mexico have both now been contained. These image comparisons show how the Little Bear Fire and the High Park Fire grew over a 24-hour time period from June 9 to June 10. The red contours on the images represent areas of heat showing active fires. Taken by the VIIRS instrument, these images provide active fire data as emergency response teams continue to fight the fires.
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CERES Shortwave Radiation
The doors are open on NASA's Suomi NPP satellite and the newest version of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is scanning Earth for the first time, helping to assure continued availability of measurements of the energy leaving the Earth-atmosphere system.
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Power Outages in Washington, DC Area
These before and after images from show the power outages in the clear skies over Washington, DC and Baltimore that occurred as a result of a rare, fast-moving thunderstorm system on Friday, June 29th.
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Smoky Mountain West
Along the Rocky Mountain range, there has been a dearth of snow cover, insect stress in the forests, and a hot spring that has turned into a hot summer. This OMPS map depicts the relative concentration of aerosols in the skies, from many dangerous fires raging across the continental United States .
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OMPS Continues More Than 30 Years of Ozone Data
This shows the thickness of the Earth's ozone layer on January 27th from 1982 to 2012. This atmospheric layer protects Earth from dangerous levels of solar ultraviolet radiation.
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Infrared Sounder on Suomi NPP Starts its Mission
The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) is designed to give scientists more refined information about Earth's atmosphere and improve weather forecasts and our understanding of climate, has started sending its data back to Earth.
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'First Light' Taken by CERES Instrument
This longwave image shows heat energy radiated from Earth . The CERES results help scientists to determine the Earth's energy balance, providing a long-term record of this crucial environmental parameter that will be consistent with those of its predecessors.
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Tropical Cyclone Funso
Suomi NPP's VIIRS instrument provides various looks of Tropical Cyclone Funso.
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NPP's 'Blue Marble'
A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from Suomi NPP's VIIRS instrument . This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012.
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Southeastern United States
The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) produced these 'true-color', color scaled, and gray scaled variations. This was taken on January 19, 2012, the first day the full complement of VIIRS' 22 channels were active.
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Hurricane Kenneth
True color image of Hurricane Kenneth over the northeastern Pacific Ocean on 22 November 2011. True color imagery is created using the red, green, and blue M-bands on VIIRS, all at 750-m resolution.
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Smog Comparisons
True color image over northeastern India, Nepal and Tibet. Note the large amount of smog/pollution over India relative to Tibet, and how the mountains keep it all
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One granule from the new "day-night band."
This image is from the middle of the night on 11 January, so the clouds you're seeing are purely due to light reflected from the moon back to the satellite. Also visible are the city lights from parts of south Florida and lightning flashes atop the convection in the Gulf of Mexico.
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