Caption: Aqua satellite scan pattern. The Aqua satellite was launched May 4, 2002, and circles the Earth at an altitude of 705 kilometres every 99 minutes in a polar orbit passing within 10 degrees of each pole every orbit. The orbit is sun-synchronous, which means that the satellite passes over the same spot of the Earth at about the same local time everyday. This dataset shows the path of the Aqua satellite and MODIS swath over a period of one day, August 27, 2005. The swath of data collected by MODIS is over 2300km wide. This means that MODIS is able to measure almost the entire Earth surface everyday. MODIS only collects data when it is on the sunlit side of the Earth because it measures reflected light from the Sun. By August 27, 2005 Hurricane Katrina had crossed Florida and was strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. That hurricane, as well as Typhoon Talim in the western Pacific between Japan and New Guinea, is visible in this dataset.

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Keywords: 21st century, 27 august 2005, animated, animation, aqua, dataset, earth, earth observation, flat projection, global, hurricane katrina, instrument, land, meteorological, meteorology, modis, observation, ocean, orbit, orbiting, pattern, satellite, scan, sea, swathe, sweep, systems, typhoon talim, weather, weather system, world

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Aqua satellite scan pattern

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