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Clouds over the South Pacific

Clouds over the South Pacific


Date: 15 November 2009
Satellite: Rosetta
Copyright: ESA ©2009 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

OSIRIS wide-angle camera image of cloud structures over the South Pacific.

The image was taken on 13 November 2009 at 05:45 GMT, during Rosetta's third and final flyby of Earth. The closest approach was two hours later, at exactly 07:45:40 GMT, as Rosetta passed just south of the Indonesian island of Java, at an altitude of 2481 km.

This image is shown in a logarithmic scale to bring out details in the varying light intensity. As a result the scene looks roughly the same as it would appear to the unaided human eye, albeit in greyscale.

A false-colour zoom of the anticyclone, close to the centre of the Earth's crescent, is available as a related image (right-hand menu).

Last Update: 1 September 2019
17-Jan-2022 21:58 UT

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