Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Billions of people will see London through many different filters and lenses during the 2012 Olympic Games. And Paralympic Games. Although None of those views will look quite like this one from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting satellite.
The image above shows London and the southern half of Great Britain as it appeared on the night of March 27, 2012. Therefore all of the events in the 2012 Olympics will be held in the greater London area. Also several other cities and towns will host events, including: canoeing at Lee Valley White Water Center. Although the sailing in Portland Harbour And rowing and canoeing at Eton Dorney. Also cycling and mountain bike events at Hadleigh Farm.
The image was taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). Therefore includes a “day-night band” similar to images collected by the Operational Linescan System.(OLS) flown on U.S. Defense Meterological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites.
The day-night band observes light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. Also it uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. And according to Chris Elvidge, who leads the Earth Observation Group at NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center. And Works at the center as well.