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2014 : The Science Collection

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Ogasawara Islands
The following image of the Ogasawara Islands (also known as Bonin Islands) near Japan, was taken at 1602 UTC on Oct. 26, 2014 using the Day/Night Band. There are several interesting features which can be seen in this image. The light from the erupting volcano on Nishi-no-shima can be seen (island on upper left) as well as lights from the cities and villages on both the islands of Chichi-jima and Haha-jima. The other interesting feature that can be seen are the lights which are emitted from various maritime vessels. It is important to note that one cannot determine the exact type or country of origin of vessel based on this satellite image. (Credit: NASA/NOAA)
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Dust Over the United Kingdom
Red dust covering cars in the south this weekend was blown in from the Sahara Desert. A large amount of sand and dust was swept up by storm winds in the desert, around 2000 miles away in northwest Africa. The airborne particles were blown north to the UK where they combined with our warm air and were deposited during showers, shown in these OMPS images.
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The High Variability of Global Albedo
This CERES animation shows variations in Earth's reflection of sunlight, called albedo, from month to month, based on NASA satellite measurements over a 12-year period. The natural variability of Earth's albedo poses limits to the possibility of detecting increases in the planet's reflection of sunlight that might result from proposed climate engineering activities.
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Aerosol Optical Thickness Over Europe
The atmosphere is a mix of gases and fine particles called aerosols. Some of these particles, like ash and dust, are large enough that they can be seen by the human eye, while others are microscopic. Regardless of their size, aerosols scatter and absorb light, which means they can be detected from space. Aerosol optical thickness data is shown here from the Suomi NPP VIIRS sensor.
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Muddy waters flow into the Rio de la Plata
Muddy waters flow into the Rio de la Plata estuary in this relatively cloud free image taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on March 23, 2014. The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina can be seen along the left bank of the estuary, along with the city of Montevideo, Uruguay on the far northern coast
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Eruption of Mount Kelud in Indonesia Caught By Suomi NPP
Suomi NPP capturing the ash cloud emanating from the Mount Kelud volcano. Mount Kelud erupted just hours before, causing the evacuation of over 75,000 people, and impacting air travel in the region. Satellite analysis shows that the ash cloud is moving southwest into the Indian Ocean.
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Cyclone Helen Skirts Madagascar
Cyclone Helen is spinning in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and the African continent. Shown here in this Suomi NPP satellite image taken on March 30th, 2014 while the storm was near its peak Category 2 intensity, Cyclone Helen has since weakened while skirting the Madagascar coast. The forecast path will take the storm west into Mozambique as a tropical storm over the next few days.
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Tropical Cyclone Dylan Making Landfall in Australia
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone 11P on January 28 at 04:19 UTC, revealing a more rounded circulation than the previous day, and bands of thunderstorms over the storm's southern semi-circle. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/NRL
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More Precise Hurricane Forecasts with NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP VIIRS Satellite Sensor
Tropical Storm Flossie imagery in July 2013 from Suomi NPP's VIIRS Day-Night band revealing that the storm shifted more to the north, sparing the big island of Hawaii from a direct hit, but bringing the islands of Oahu, Molokai and Maui into a tropical storm warning area. Image Credit: NOAA
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