SeaWiFS collects imagery as it orbits the Earth from pole to pole. The above images were created by piecing together the strips from each orbit. Each strip measures approximately 1,500 kilometers across, and black wedges show where no data were collected. In the top image, acquired on April 29 and April 30, 2005, northern Japan is entirely obscured by a thick cloud of dust, and a tan streamer of dust stretches east over the Pacific. The lower image was taken on May 4 and May 5, 2005. By this time, the dust had reached about two-thirds of the way across the Pacific, well on its way to North America. Intermediate images are provided in the links below.
In both images, the sun’s reflection off the surface of the ocean forms a series of bright spots—sunglint— just north of the Equator.
- Additional Images:
- April 28-29, 2005 (2.2 MB)
- April 30 – May 1, 2005 (2.2 MB)
- May 1-2, 2005 (2.2 MB)
- May 2-3, 2005 (2.2 MB)
- May 3-4, 2005 (2.2 MB)
SeaWiFS images courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with ORBIMAGE.
- OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS