Dust and Isla de La Palma, Canary Islands

March 09, 2020


Photographer: David Rosario Davila
Summary Authors: David Rosario Davila; Jim Foster

The hazy scene shown above was observed from the southern end of Isla de La Palma in the Canary Islands (Spain). The view is looking east. Periodically, strong winds over the western Sahara Desert pick up sand and dust grains, carrying them hundreds and sometimes even thousands of miles. During such episodes, visibility in the Canary Islands is greatly reduced. This dust can easily be observed from satellite imagery. Photo taken on February 16, 2020. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for tomorrow.

Photo Details: Camera: HUAWEI VOG-L29; Software: Adobe Lightroom 5.2 (Android); Exposure Time: 0.0013s (1/750); Aperture: ƒ/2.2; ISO equivalent: 50; Focal Length (35mm): 16.