A large plume of Saharan Desert dust (light brownish pixels) were blowing over Libya and Egypt northward over the Mediterranean Sea toward the Middle East, on February 2, 2003. The island of Cyprus is situated toward the upper righthand of this image, partially obscured by one particularly thick portion of the dust plume approaching Israel’s western shoreline.
This true-color image was acquired on February 2, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASAs Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image available here is 500 meters per pixel. Visit the MODIS Rapid Response Team, for a copy of this scene at MODIS full resolution of 250 meters per pixel.