What may be a mixture of haze and dust is spread out in a band at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India (occupying most of the scene) and Pakistan (at upper left) and in a second swath in the center of the scene. The haze stretches out over the Mouths of the Ganges River (right center edge) and the Bay of Bengal to the south. Beyond the high peaks of the Himalaya (top), skies are clear over the Tibetan Plateau. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on November 15, 2004.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.