Hurricane isaac
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day Night Band data.
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Captured in the early hours of the morning of August 28, this shot from NASA’s Suomo-NPP satellite captures the full size and scope of tropical storm/hurricane Isaac as it hit the Gulf Coast. Despite being shot at night, the technology of the satellite allows for incredible clarity and detail, thanks to the VIIRS — Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, and some handy moonlight illumination.

Here’s the official caption:

You can download a full 12-megapixel version on NASA’s site, and in the meantime, cross your fingers for everyone being blasted by the storm.

[via NBC]

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