This year, NASA played Santa Klaus releasing its own type of Christmas gift, a video capturing the storm that led to the recent tornados that hit the southern part of U.S. This was the only the latest coverage from NASA in a very eventful year for space explorations.
NASA’s RapidScat instrument, otherwise known as NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) managed to capture the winds of a storm framework that created tornadoes in Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi On Tuesday.
Based on the footage captured by the satellite, NASA created a vivified adaptation of the storm that moved across the US and Central and South America starting December 21 and ending December 24.
According to an agency announcement, in order to make de pictures and the video, NASA’s GOES Project used the cloud information from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite and contrasts it against a real-color picture of land and water resulted from the data gathered by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).
Rapidscat tracked the powerful winds in the Gulf of Mexico this Tuesday while Mississippi was facing tornadoes. One of the pictures taken by the satellite revealed that winds were going at a pace of 67.1 miles/ hour off the southeastern bank of Texas.
This particular storm system managed to cause some considerable damage when it went east on Wednesday morning, passing with the same force in Alabama and close to Louisiana. According to NASA, forecasters are constantly offered information about ongoing climate situations through local weather observations, digital models and satellite data.
NASA also stated that the GOES-East satellite is consistently watching and gathering noticeable and infrared data regarding the weather outline in the eastern US and the Atlantic Ocean.
Another Christmas present from NASA was a video footage of sun flares and Christmas lights shot from a satellite. The Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the X1.8-class flare last Friday and posted the picture on its website with the heading Holiday Lights on the Sun.
In another footage released December 16, NASA proved that Christmas lights are strong enough to be captured from space. NASA and NOAA utilized the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite to study light samples during Christmas and Ramadan. The Christmas lights looked wonderful from space with the most dynamic ones being spotted in the outskirts of big cities where there are a lot of houses. The agency’s purpose was to reveal how different cultural environments influence energy consumption patterns.
This year has been a significant one for space investigation, some of the best examples being NASA’s Orion experimental flight or the privately owned business’ proceeding to conquer space.
Image Source: NASA.gov
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