Sunglint lights up the Caspian Sea •

Last update: January 17th, 2020 at 6:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features sunglint reflecting off Turkmenbashi Gulf, an inlet on the southeastern edge of the Caspian Sea.

Complex glint patterns are caused by waves, wind, boats, and oils. These factors affect the roughness of the surface water.

The Caspian Sea is a large oil-producing region, and the sunglint combines with waves to create traceable lines that lead to dozens of oil drilling platforms. 

This image was captured on June 10, 2019 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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