Like the worst train wreck of all time, the massive oil spill creeping toward the Gulf Coast is hard to look away from.
The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, photographed by NASA's Aqua satellite Tuesday, May 4. The Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible-light image. The bulk of the spill appears as a dull gray area southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Image: NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team A generation ago, we didn't have access to satellite imagery of the Exxon Valdez disaster. But this time, there are a lot of images available of just how big this thing is.
I can't find a live feed of the satellite view of the Big Creep, but NASA is doing a good job of keeping relevant images coming. At the aptly named www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/oil-creep.html, there have been near-daily updates with striking images of the spill.
It includes infra-red images, views from different angles, all with thorough explanations from NASA.
Still more NASA images are here.
The agency has also been giving high-definition feeds to television stations.
It's not the only view of the spill, but it may be the best. So, once again a NASA page is the Government Video Website of the Week!
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