Unique MODIS Natural Color Imagery

A rather unique set of passes from the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites during the afternoon of May 17, 2009 produced these spectacular views of the Midwest.  Three visible and near infrared channels on MODIS have been combined to produce a natural color rendition of the land surface and clouds, and the two satellite passes provides a 90-minute time seperation in the imagery.  Note the sharp color contrast in the land surface indicating significant differences in land use and vegetation coverage.  Imagery similar to this will be available from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-R satellite  in a few years at a temporal resolution of 5 minutes.

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