Adam Voiland, a science writer for NASA’s Earth Observatory, said the idea came to him when he spotted a V in a smoke plume while working on a story about Canadian wildfires in 2012. With the help of readers and colleagues, Voiland tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet spelled out in Earth features using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography. He said that some of the letters – like O and C – were easy to find, and others – A, B, and R in particular — were maddeningly difficult.
So this seems a fitting way to say HNY – Happy New Year – from EarthSky to our friends!
Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky radio series almost since it began until it ended in 2013. Today, as an EarthSky.org Editor, she helps present the science and nature stories and photos you enjoy. She and her husband live in Tennessee, where they enjoy guitar playing and singing. They have 2 grown sons.
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