Satellites

Hurricane Earl viewed from the space station

Hurricane Earl viewed from the space station: From LA TImes

Satellite imagery has transformed our appreciation of our Earth.

I only sign up for one e-mail newsletter, the weekly digest of images from the NASA Earth Observatory. Each week at least one image evokes a sense of simple wonder.  A couple of satellite images this week stopped me in my tracks, and I think their power rests on the fact that the images include the curve of the Earth in the background, and parts of the satellite in the foreground. Both are images of hurricanes and curiously neither of them was from the Earth Observatory, though both were from NASA. The photo of Hurricane Earl (link) at the head of this article is just stunning: I find it moving to reflect on the contrast between the silent grace of the storm when viewed from space, with the chaos and overwhelming power of the storm on the ground. The second ‘image’ was actually a movie of Hurricane Igor, and again the sense of Olympian detachment is profoundly moving: we simply watch while chaos unfolds below.

Satellite imagery has transformed our appreciation of our Earth.

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