30 Apr '17, 2pm

Sunglint on the Arabian Sea

It might look like something mysterious is happening in the waters off of Oman, but this dark, sinuous shape has a completely natural explanation. On April 11, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the Arabian Sea. Smooth water reflects sunlight like a mirror, particularly when viewed from above. Areas where that light is reflected by the water at the same angle that a satellite views it—when the Sun, the satellite, and the sea are lined up—appear brighter than surrounding areas. Viewed globally, sunglint shows up as long, linear streaks down the center of a swath of satellite data. This image shows a detailed view of sunglint in the Middle East. What’s interesting is that the sunglint (bright area) is interrupted. Dark areas indicate surface waters that have been roughened by wind, ca...

Full article: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=90132&...

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