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Where on Earth: Ship Tracks over the Atlantic

What caused the crisscrossing cloud pattern in this satellite image?


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory (

Story adapted from Image of the Day post by Adam Voiland:

  • Image of Ship tracks in clouds from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Aqua satellite

  • Written by Katherine Porter

  • Designed by Dani Player

  • Music from Yesh Music (ASCAP)


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!