City Lights and Sandy
Few things bring the awesomeness of satellite photos to the masses like giant storms. Hurricane Sandy beat down the East coast this week, destroying and flooding homes and other property, leaving millions without power, and killing nearly 60 just here in the U.S. The image above shows Sandy early Tuesday morning, viewed by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite aboard Suomi NPP satellite, part of NASA's Earth Observatory. The NPP satellite orbits the planet 14 times a day, sending back data that helps scientists study climate change. You can see the clusters of city lights west of the storm, and the full moon lighting up the tops of Sandy's cloud formation.
Image: NASA's Earth Observatory