Ireland is already showing off verdant green finery in an image captured from space one day before the island's iconic holiday, St. Patrick's Day.
The new image comes courtesy of a weather satellite that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates, creatively dubbed NOAA-20. The satellite loops from pole to pole more than a dozen times a day, looking down on wherever the planet is experiencing mid-afternoon.
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Top o' the mornin' to ya! It seems almost fitting that when the #NOAA20 🛰️ passed over #Ireland yesterday, it was lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of the #EmeraldIsle's famous "40 shades of green" through the clouds. Happy #StPatricksDay! pic.twitter.com/jVIbJZBxTVMarch 17, 2021
On Tuesday (March 16), that was Ireland. And with a little luck, NOAA-20 caught the island nearly bare of clouds that otherwise mask the satellite's view. The result is a stunning image of the aptly named "Emerald Isle."
Of course, NOAA-20 isn't just looking for pretty pictures. The satellite carries five instruments that help scientists monitor not just vegetation, but also surface temperatures, clouds, fires, volcanoes and snowfall, according to NOAA.
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