dust plumes blew over the Mediterranean Sea

Dust plumes blew over the Mediterranean Sea in early April 2013. Thick plumes hovered off the coasts of Libya and Egypt on April 7 and spanned the sea’s eastern shoreline the following day, reaching as far north as Turkey. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color images on April 7.



NOAA 19 Northbound 53° E on 137.10MHz, Multi-Spectral Analysis Enhancement,
Normal Projection, Channel A: 2 (Near Infrared), Channel B: 4 (Thermal Infrared) – DK3WN

Image taken by the new Elektro-L1 spacecraft

Image taken by the Elektro-L1 spacecraft, received and processed in NTs OMZ February 28, 2011 at 07:00 UTC

Elektro–L is a new-generation series of meteorological satellites developed for the Russian Federal Space Agency by NPO Lavochkin. The first satellite, Elektro–L 1, was launched on 20 January 2011. It is the first Russian weather satellite that successfully operates in geostationary orbit, and is currently the second operational Russian weather satellite. The satellites have a mass of about 1620 kg and are designed to operate for 10 years each. They are capable of producing images of the Earth’s whole hemisphere in both visible and infrared frequencies, providing data for climate change and ocean monitoring in addition to their primary weather forecasting role.

METOP-A – russian wildfires

07:43 UTC false coloured (HRPT Viewer by David Taylor) image – rain refreshes Moscow but wildfires still burning (yellow smoke)

Decoded averaged pass time from mid-third of the picture is 2010-Aug-13 07:44:33 UTC
First scan line is southbound and covers lon: 16.9..41.1..60.6 degrees, lat: 60.9..59.1..53.6 degrees
Last scan line is southbound and covers lon: 17.1..35.7..52.0 degrees, lat: 50.7..48.8..44.4 degrees
Sensor mean altitude: 828.3km (default is 848.0km)

(image credits EUMTESAT)

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

On the morning of May 6, 2010, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of a thick plume of ash blowing east and then south from the volcano. Clouds bracket the edges of the scene, but the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean show in the middle, and above them, a rippling, brownish-yellow river of ash.

Credits NASA