NASA Releases Time-Lapse Video of Gulf Oil Spill

NASA Oil Spill Photo
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This two-minute video by NASA shows a space-based view of the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the horrifying oil spill that has followed. The images--taken using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument--were hand-picked to best showcase the disaster. The images begin with the oil rig explosion and run through May 24th.

What almost looks Photoshopped, the oil slick appears grayish in the images and is changing due to weather, ocean currents and the use of toxic dispersing chemicals. And let's not forget how the estimates of the oil spill keep increasing (see the infographic below).

MODIS--aboard NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites--captures Earth's landmasses in near real time. Both satellites orbit the Earth from pole to pole, capturing most of the globe every day. MODIS-Terra captures the Earth during the morning where MODIS-Aqua captures the afternoon. You can read more about MODIS here.

For more, see: BP Gulf Oil Spill Cheat Sheet: A Timeline of Unfortunate Events

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