Time-Lapse Video of BP Oil Spill, Courtesy of NASA [VIDEO]

NASA oil spill image time-lapse video

NASA recently released a time-lapse video of the BP oil spill using excellent satellite images. View it below.

Been wanting to see a time-lapse video of the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the almost unimaginable oil spill that is resulting from it? Now you can. The images in the following NASA video begin with the oil rig explosion and end on May 24th. They show how the oil spill (on the surface, at least) has shifted with changes in the current, and how it has grown (despite massive use of toxic chemical dispersants).

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the oil spill is going to be slowing down anytime soon. Perhaps NASA will create another such video in a month or two.


The images in the video were “taken using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument,” Jerry James Stone of TreeHugger reports.

“MODIS–aboard NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites–captures Earth’s landmasses in near real time. Both satellites orbit the Earth from pole to pole, capturing most of the globe every day. MODIS-Terra captures the Earth during the morning where MODIS-Aqua captures the afternoon.”

You can read more about the MODIS via NASA.

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Image Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via flickr/CC license

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