NASA shows off stunning satellite photo of Britain under last week's snow

The natural-colour image captured by the satellite Terra shows a detailed view of the snows covering Britain on January 26.

The natural-colour image captured by Terra shows a detailed view of the snows covering Britain on January 26.


Instruments aboard a hi-tech NASA satellite have captured an awe-inspiring view of Britain blanketed by snow last week.

The natural-colour image captured by Terra shows a detailed view of the snows covering Britain on January 26.

The Terra satellite orbits at an altitude of 435 miles, and has been collecting data on our changing climate using five sensors since 1999.




Terra has previously captured some of NASA's famous 'Blue Marble' imagery of planet Earth seen from space.


"Snow blanketed most of Great Britain in late January 2013, stretching from London to the northern tip of Scotland," NASA's Terra team said in a statement this week.

"Terra captured this natural-color image on January 26, 2013. Only some coastal areas and the southwestern part of the island were free of snow when MODIS took this picture."

"Skies had mostly cleared by the time MODIS acquired the image, but some clouds lingered in the west, casting shadows onto the snowy surface below."

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