Hurricane Irene from start to finish

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!  


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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