New satellite provides never-before-seen view of clouds


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and features a look at how the IceCube satellite offers an unprecedented view of Earth’s clouds.

Until now, astronauts observing Earth from space haven’t been able to distinguish a gray rain cloud from a puffy white cloud. And while past satellites can see through clouds in order to estimate precipitation, they haven’t been able to observe the tiny ice particles that create the cloud.

But the IceCube satellite, launched in May 2017, has created the first-ever global map of ice clouds.

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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