• California poppies can be seen from space

    Date:20 May 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    An unexpected, significant poppy bloom in California is so bright and resplendent it has been captured by satellites orbiting the planet.

    The pictures, captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, show how the vast poppy blooms spread across the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

    This tremendous bloom has been attributed to increased rainfall over March and April. The images are thought to capture the bloom at or near its peak.

    If you would like to get an even closer look at these beautiful flowers, the park has set up online livestreams. This way, those who would have visited the park if they could or are overseas can take in this site.

    It should be noted that much like sunflowers, poppies open their petals during a sunny period of the day. So keep checking to catch them when they are showing off the most.

    Image: NASA

     

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