Monday, August 8, 2011

Here's Looking @ Earth... Hurricanes Happening (Imagery)

In one image, NASA's Aqua satellite captured two tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific on August 5th, Tropical Storm Merbok and the largeTyphoon Muifa. NASA satellite imagery shows that Muifa is almost twice as big as Merbok. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured Typhoon Muifa near Okinawa, Japan, and Tropical Storm Merbok, farther east in the western Pacific at 4:35 UTC (12:35 a.m. EDT) on August 5, 2011. By having the storms side-by-side in one image, it is much easier to see how Merbok is a lot less organized than the more powerful Muifa. Muifa also has an eye, although cloud-filled, whereas Merbok does not. 

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