Aerosols swirling around the Earth •

Last update: November 12th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the invisible particles and liquid droplets, known as aerosols, that surround us in the air that we breathe.

Aerosols can be seen by many of NASA’s satellites in a way that they cannot be viewed from the Earth.

On August 23, 2018, sea salt aerosols were being kicked up by tropical cyclones in the Pacific, particles from dust storms were drifting across Africa and Asia, and wildfire plumes were lingering over North America and Africa.

This visualization, which indirectly represents a collection of both satellite data and ground measurements, was developed by the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP) model.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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