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Snow blanket

This true color satellite image shows most of the northeastern United States covered in snow. Scientists took three different color-sensitive channels from the VIIRS camera, which is attached to the Suomi NPP satellite, and combined them into one stunning image. The snow stretches across the region, coating three of the Great Lakes on the upper left to Long Island, New York, as it juts into the Atlantic in the bottom right. This is just one small sample of VIIRS’ catalog; the machine orbits the Earth twice a day, scanning for vegetation, clouds, smoke, and other environmental factors along the way.