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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/15/2008

Earth as Art: Patterns in the Sky

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City


Aleutian Clouds. Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office. More information about this image here.

While visiting NASA's Landsat booth at a recent exhibit fair, I noticed what I thought was a color print of a beautiful piece of pastel artwork. Only, it wasn't just art -- it was "Earth as Art."

It turns out that Earth's atmosphere and surface can be pretty creative places, as demonstrated at the NASA/USGS Earth as Art and NOAA Art in Nature online image galleries. Above, and after the jump, are examples of the stunning patterns in the sky on display at these Web sites. Sometimes, images speak louder than words...

Keep reading for more images, and see here for an explanation of how "Earth as Art" images are created. For local weather, check out our full forecast through the weekend.


Whirlpool in the Air, Greenland. Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office. More information about this image here.


Karman Vortices, Selkirk Island, South America. Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office. More information about this image here.


Karman Vortices, Aleutian Islands. Image courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office. More information about this image here.


A view of submarine topography on the Bahamas Banks. Photo courtesy of NOAA. More information about this image here.


Cumulus reflection in the Florida Keys. Photo courtesy of NOAA. More information about this image here.

By Ann Posegate  | October 15, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
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