Hurricane Irene from start to finish

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Aug. 30 2011 2:46 PM

Hurricane Irene from start to finish

NASA just released an amazing video showing Hurricane Irene from August 21th through the 29th -- essentially the entire lifespan of the storm:

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Unfortunately the resolution isn't great, but this really gives a sense of the incredible size and momentum of this incredible storm. The animation was created using images from the NASA/NOAA satellite GOES-13, an Earth-observer in geostationary orbit 36,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Atlantic Ocean. It takes images of clouds, which were combined with MODIS images of the land to get this realistic-looking view.



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