NOAA Satellite Captures Mosaic of Earth to Display Stunning Panoramic View

NOAA Satellite Captures Mosaic of Earth to Display Stunning Panoramic View

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first of its image NOAA-21 Visible Imaging Infrared Radiometer Instrument (VIIRS).

The recently launched satellite captured a stunning panoramic view of Earth, created from tapes of data captured across the globe during the 24-hour period between December 5 and 6.

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

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

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

The turquoise color around Cuba and the Bahamas is caused by sediment in the shallow waters around the continental shelf, Joint Satellite Program scientist Dr. Satya Calourie said in a statement.

VIIRS Provides ocean color measurements Helps detect harmful algal blooms and monitor phytoplankton activity and sea surface temperature.

This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 21 shows smoke from massive fires on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
(AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

Above Earth, the satellite – which also flies on the NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP satellites of the Joint Polar Satellite System – can detect and Measuring forest fire intensitydroughts and floods.

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

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VIIRS also produces important environmental products on ice, ice sheet, clouds, fog, aerosols and dust, as well as global crop health.

Unlike geostationary satellites, polar-orbiting satellites capture bands of data across the globe, monitoring 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 of these bands over a 24-hour period between December 5 and December 6, 2022.

Unlike geostationary satellites, polar-orbiting satellites capture bands of data across the globe, monitoring 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 of these bands over a 24-hour period between December 5 and December 6, 2022.
(SDR team at NOAA STAR VIIRS.)

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

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.