Hazy skies over northern Thailand • Hazy skies over northern Thailand

Last update: July 15th, 2020 at 6:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows a thick haze lingering in the sky over northern Thailand. Hazy skies over northern Thailand

The country has been experiencing unhealthy levels of smoke and air pollution for more than a month, as farmers use prescribed burns to clear their land for the planting season.

According to meteorologists, the poor air quality is expected to last until May.

This image was captured on April 12, 2019 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.Hazy skies over northern Thailand

Thailand,officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese Peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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