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NASA Image of the Day: Abstract Art or False Color Earth Imaging??

Larsen_tir_2017193Satellite image acquired July 12, 2017

Larsen_tir_2017193_detailSatellite image acquired July 12, 2017

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Early on July 12, 2017, satellites captured imagery of the new, massive iceberg that broke away from Larsen C—an ice shelf on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Later that day, the Landsat 8 satellite acquired a more detailed look (above).

The false-color image was captured by Landsat’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). It shows the relative warmth or coolness of the landscape. Orange indicates where the surface is the warmest, most notably the mélange between the new berg and the ice shelf. Light blues and whites are the coldest areas, including the ice shelf and the iceberg.

On July 13, the U.S. National Ice Center issued a press release confirming the new iceberg and officially naming it A-68.

Images and Information Courtesy NASA

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