April 22, 2011

Earth Day: A Look at a Couple of Unique NASA Photos Featuring North Carolina

In celebration of Earth Day, I took a look at the NASA database and came across these two unique images from North Carolina.

The first photo is from the February 13, 2010 snowfall which impacted the east coast of NC. In that storm, Carolina Beach saw three inches, Wrightsville Beach four inches and up to five inches fell in Wilmington. Here are the blog posts with photos from that storm: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

With miles of sandy beaches and generally good weather, coastal North Carolina isn’t a place you would usually expect to find snow. But the view from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 14, 2010, shows snow extending to the Outer Banks. The sandy islands, normally pale tan, are bright white in this image. Harkers Island received 8.8 inches of snow, reported CNN. The snow fell in a winter storm that moved across the southern United States from Texas to the Atlantic Coast on February 12-13.

A Total Lunar Eclipse Over North Carolina

Credit & Copyright: David Cortner

Lunar eclipse from 2003 seen in time lapse images over North Carolina. As the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, the Earth's shadow fell on the moon, making it quite dark. In the above picture the Earth's rotation, multiple exposures, and digital enhancements are used to create a time-lapse effect that dramatizes how the Moon looked as it faded out and re-appeared during the three hour lunar eclipse. As the Earth's shadow engulfed the Moon, the lunar images became less and less bright, practically disappearing during totality. At this time, the Moon, which normally shines by reflecting direct sunlight, shone only by sunlight refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.

For more information: http://www.nasa.gov
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