SeaWiFS: Christmas Day Eclipse

SeaWiFS: Christmas Day Eclipse
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

The partial solar eclipse of Christmas Day 2000 had this effect on the SeaWiFS data collected at the same time. The yellowing effect—caused by the software’s erroneous assumptions about the amount of incoming solar radiation, and most prominent along the eastern edge of the swath—makes Lake Erie look as though it were filled with mustard.

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  • Data Date:

    December 25, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    December 25, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration