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How to Interpret a False-Color Satellite Image

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April 11, 2014

How to Interpret a False-Color Satellite Image

How can a forest be red and a cloud blue? It depends on the processes used to transform satellite measurements into images. In our photo-saturated world, it’s natural to think of the images on NASA’s Earth Observatory website as snapshots from space. But most aren’t. Though they may look similar, photographs and satellite images are