On February 16, 2003, a large plume of Saharan Desert dust (light brown pixels) was blowing westward over the Cape Verde Islands in the east Atlantic Ocean. This true-color image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.
The massive plume of thick Saharan Desert dust continued its westward trek across the Atlantic Ocean on March 6, 2003, being held aloft and swept along by strong winds. This true-color image combines the perspectives of both Terra and Aqua satellites in one scene.