California’s Poppy Bloom so Big You Can See It From Space
Thanks to Matador Network for letting us know that California’s poppy bloom was so bright this year (and safe from Instagram tramplers) that it could be seen from space.
See NASA’s Photos – Happy Spring! Enjoy some flower gazing from space!
Near the western tip of the Mojave Desert (Northwest of Lancaster and Palmdale, and a few miles west of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center) fields of poppies colored the landscape a bright orange this spring.
On April 14, 2020, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite (483 miles high in orbit) acquired images of vast blooms in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve when poppy flowers in the valley were thought to be at or near their peak.
The flowers bloomed after Southern California received significant rainfall in March and April 2020. This spring, Lancaster received around 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) of rain—almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) above normal.
The extra rain may cause the poppies to stick around longer than usual and result in an above-average wildflower year. Park officials called this bloom an “unexpected” surprise due to the late-season rains.
- Read the full story at NASA.gov
- View the online live stream – It’s not too impressive now (Mid-May) just FYI – the peak was mid April
- Watch the seven-minute guided virtual by tour.
Orange You Glad It’s Spring? ??
After a wet March & April 2020, fields of poppies colored @PoppyReserve a bright orange. Park officials called this bloom an “unexpected” surprise due to the late season rains.
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) April 29, 2020