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See Hurricane Ida from 1 million miles away in this NOAA satellite view

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The massive Hurricane Ida is easily visible on Earth from 1 million miles away as a white whorl at upper-center right in this view from NASA’s Epic camera on the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory at a stable Lagrange point taken on Aug. 29, 2021 as the storm made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. (Image credit: NOAA)

When Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana as huge Category 4 storm on Sunday (Aug. 29), the tempest’s sheer size was evident from nearly a million miles away. 

A new photo from NASA’s Epic camera on the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) shows Hurricane Ida as it appeared from Lagrange point 1, a a point between the sun and Earth that’s about 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from our planet, just as it hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.





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