Hurricane isaac
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day Night Band data.

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]