A NOAA satellite captures a mosaic of the Earth that provides a stunning panoramic view


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released the first image from its NOAA-21 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument.

The recently launched satellite captured a spectacular panoramic view of Earth created from data received from around the world during the 24 hours from December 5th to December 6th.

Polar orbiting satellites, unlike geostationary satellites, observe the entire planet twice a day.

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

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

Dr. Satya Kalluri, Joint Polar Satellite System Program Scientist, said in a statement that the turquoise color around Cuba and the Bahamas is due to sediments in the shallow waters around the continental shelf.

VIIRS will detect harmful algal blooms and measure ocean color to help monitor phytoplankton activity and sea surface temperatures.

A satellite image released by NOAA on October 21 shows smoke from large forest fires over the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

A satellite image released by NOAA on October 21 shows smoke from large forest fires over the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
(AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

On land, the satellite – NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP satellites of the Joint Polar Satellite System also fly – to determine the intensity of forest fires, droughts and floods and is able to measure.

Fire intensity is given to a product that monitors the thickness and movement of forest fire smoke.

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VIIRS also produces important environmental products on snow and ice cover, clouds, fog, aerosols and dust, as well as the health of the world’s crops.

Unlike geostationary satellites, polar orbiting satellites receive worldwide data sets 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 created from these pieces over a 24-hour period between December 5 and December 6, 2022.

Unlike geostationary satellites, polar orbiting satellites receive worldwide data sets 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 created from these pieces over a 24-hour period between December 5 and December 6, 2022.
(NOAA STAR VIIRS SDR team.)

The instrument was launched on November 10 from the 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.

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

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