Early VIIRS images from the NASA NPP Satellite

November 22nd, 2011 |
NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

The VIIRS instrument on NASA’s recently-launched NPP satellite began to acquire imagery on 21 November 2011 (NASA news release). True color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) images from two of the early satellite passes are shown, which cover a swath from Brazil to eastern Canada from 16:10 to 16:35 UTC (above) and another swath covering much of eastern North America from 18:00 to 18:15 UTC (below).

NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

A VIIRS RGB image covering parts of western Australia from 05:35 to 05:45 UTC on 22 November can be seen below.

NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

NPP VIIRS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) true color image

Images created at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin-Madison by the NASA NPP Atmosphere PEATE Team.

Technical notes:
– Produced by Liam Gumley and Willem Marais (SSEC)
– SDR products ingested from the NPP SD3E by Bruce Flynn, Steve Dutcher, and Greg Quinn (SSEC)
– VIIRS M-bands SVM05, SVM04, SVM03 (red, green, blue)
– 1000 meter resolution, Cylindrical Equidistant projection
– Atmospheric correction algorithm by Jacques Descloitres (Formerly GSFC)
– Reprojection algorithm by Terry Haran (NSIDC)

Additional NPP VIIRS images can be found on the VIIRS Imagery and Visualization Team site at CIRA/RAMMB.