From the perspective of the ground, blazing forest fires and various types of storms are frightening signs of the power of nature. But from space, through the right (computerized) eyes, they are all things of beauty.
On Friday, NASA released a visualization of the Earth showing the aerosols that swirled through the planet's atmosphere on August 23. It was a busy day for Mother Nature, as you can see.
Aerosols are specks of solids and liquids that swirl through the air we breathe. Most of the time they are invisible to the naked eye. But when, for example, a fire releases ashes into the sky or when a windstorm blows dust through the desert, these invisible aerosols are made visible.
In the visualization of NASA, you can see how fires and industrial areas, mainly in North America and Africa, released black carbon particles that painted these regions in a reddish-orange haze. Dust storms in Africa and Asia are depicted in purple. And sea salt aerosol detonated by Pacific cyclones is held in different shades of light blue.
According to NASA, the images are generated by Earth observation satellites that (among other things) represent the ebb and flow of aerosols in our atmosphere. The imaging model has a nickname ̵
This visualization is especially notable because of the major weather events happening in the world over the past few days ,
The dense red / orange zone, which is concentrated in the western half of North America, is a sign of the forest fires raging in this part of the country for much of the summer. And in the tropical cyclones, you can get an idea of the weather patterns that have led to storms that still lash Hawaii today.