The Week in Pictures: First Photos of Massive 'Arm' of Oil Slick, and More

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Photos taken by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite satellite on May 17th and released Wednesday show that the BP oil spill has a massive 'arm' that is spreading out in the Southeast direction.

Based on the 25 km reference in the bottom left corner of the NASA image, the 'arm' is hundreds of kilometers long. However you slice it, and whatever the actual number of barrels/day is (and nobody's certain yet), that's a lot of oil!

Read the full story: NASA Captures First Photos of Massive 'Arm' of Oil Slick (Hundreds of Miles Long)

And don't miss our roundup of events: BP Gulf Oil Spill Cheat Sheet: A Timeline of Unfortunate Events

Image credit: NASA's Earth Observatory/U.S. Naval Research Laboratory