Snowfall was recorded in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years — and the satellite imagery is gorgeous

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Snow sahara
Segment of the larger
image of snow in the Sahara

NASA

It snowed on December 19 in the Sahara Desert, and NASA’s Landsat
7 satellite was there (or rather, hundreds of miles overhead) to
see it.

The photo comes from Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus
visible-light camera, and depicts the first snowfall recorded in
the massive African desert in 37
years.

The snow-covered area depicted in the photo lies on the northern
end of the desert, near the Moroccan-Algerian border and the town
of Ain Safra. Here’s the full image, which you can click to
enlarge:



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NASA

This map shows the approximate region of the photo, with images
from previous years for comparison:


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NASA notes that snow is not all that rare on the African
continent, with regular snowfall on high peaks like Kilimanjaro
and sites where
people ski in South Africa
.

Photographer Karim Boucheta was in the right place at the right
time to capture photos of the Saharan snowfall from the ground,
and he’s posted them to Facebook:

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