Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Satellite-View-of-the-Oil-Spill-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico-27MZIFIKZOV8.htmlConceptually similarSatellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W6Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W9Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W8Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W7Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W3Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP021PECompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP0264LCompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP021PDCompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025WBCompleted★★★★View AllGP025WCSatellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoOil from the still-leaking Macondo well is visible across the northern Gulf of Mexico in this image captured at 13:55 Central Daylight Time by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite. Oil appears to have reached beaches and barrier islands in Alabama and the western Panhandle of Florida. The Deepwater Horizon mobile oil drilling platform exploded April 20 killing 11 workers.Close to the location of the well, the oil appears gray, but to the northeast, it is bright silver. The increased brightness does not necessarily mean the oil is thicker or more concentrated there; it may simply be that the oil is located in the sunglint region of the image, the spot where the Sun's reflection would appear if the water surface was as perfectly smooth as a mirror.Normally, waves blur the Sun's reflection, diffusing its brightness. Oil smooths the water surface, making it a better mirror. When the slick appears in that part of the image, viewing conditions are ideal, and the patches and ribbons of oil are extremely bright. When the oil slick is not in the sunglint part of the image, however, it may be imperceptible against the dark background of the ocean.Locations:Gulf of Mexico-Louisiana-North America-United States of AmericaDate:12 Jun, 2010Credit:© NASAMaximum size:4576px X 4128pxRestrictions:IMAGE IS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN. NO SALES. CAN BE DISTRIBUTED FREELY SUBJECT TO NASA MEDIA USAGE GUIDELINES: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.htmlKeywords:Aerial view-British Petroleum (BP)-Coastal features-Coastlines-Disasters-Earth (planet)-Governments and Government organisations-KWCI (GPI)-Marine pollution-Oceans (campaign title)-Oceans (topography)-Offshore drilling-Oil (fossil fuel)-Oil (Industry)-Oil drilling-Oil spills-Public Domain (license type)-Satellite ImagesShoot:Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig DisasterViews from NASA satellites and the International Space Station show the extent of oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The BP leased Transocean rig exploded April 20, 2010 killing 11 workers and leaking millions of barrels of oil in the worst environmental disaster in Unted States history.