On November 11, 2002, the MODIS sensor, flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, observed this large dust storm (light brown pixels) blowing over northeastern China toward the Korean peninsula. The dust appears to be originating from the Gobi Desert in north central China. Toward the south (bottom center of this scene), there is a dense pall of haze and pollution (grey pixels) over much of southeastern China.
This high-resolution copy of this scene (click image above) is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of this scene at MODIS’ full resolution (250 m), visit the Rapidfire Image Gallery.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC